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Wood Strawberry
Wood Strawberry
(Fragaria vesca)

The Wood Strawberry is a perennial of the rose family that can propagate by its long trailing stems or runners.

LEAVES:
- grow at the base of the plant
- have 3 toothed leaflets
- green-yellow on the upper surface with a soft hairy underside
FLOWERS:
- Wood Strawberry flowers are white with a yellow centre
- 3-5 appear on stems that grow above the leaves
Wood StrawberryFRUIT:
- fleshy, red berries
- the seeds are buried in the berries
- on stems longer than the leaves
HABITAT:
- Wood Strawberries grow in low elevations
- south central BC
- Wood Strawberries perfer moist or dry areas
- The Wood Strawberry appears in open areas in forests, meadows
FASCINATING FACTS:
- native peoples throughout BC prized both the wood and wild strawberries
- the fruit of the Wood Strawberry is dried or eaten fresh; dried ones used to flavour winter cakes
- a tea was made from Wood Strawberry leaves and could be used medicinally for diarrhea or gargled for sore throats. It also used for female complaints.
- To find Wood Strawberries watch for the runners spreading accross seldom cleared areas, then take a few minutes to harvest and enjoy one natures great treats

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