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Fragaria vesca

strawberry

plant overview
wild, wonderful strawberry

Fragaria vesca is a species of strawberry that naturally occurs throughout the Northern Hemisphere that is also known as European strawberry, Alpine strawberry, woodland strawberry and fraise des bois. Like other species of strawberry, this wild strawberry produces edible fruit that is used to make jam, jelly, pies, syrups and cordials. The leaf, which is harvested after the plant flowers, is used to make teas and tonics, and is also tinctured for use in cosmetic preparations. Dried strawberry leaf is also encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

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Strawberry leaf
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on strawberry

description
Fragaria vesca is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Rosaceae family.

Strawberry plants can grow to around one foot in height and are characterized by long arching runners or stolons, which form new plantlets at the tip. These allow the strawberry plant to reproduce vegetatively as well as by seed.

The plant's short, woody stems and a basal rosette of compound leaves have 3 coarsely toothed leaflets around 2 1/2 inches long. Strawberry's small, white, 5-parted flowers, are 1/2 to 3/4 inches and, occur in small clusters.

Uncultivated strawberries varieties formed in the wild are quite small, and they generally ripen to red, although there is a also white variety. The strawberry is not a true berry, but is a fleshy receptacle bearing multiple fruits on the surface. These are actually achenes which are small, one-seeded fruits with hard coverings that do not split open (or dehisce) when ripe.

common names & nomenclature
Often known as woodland strawberry, which is in reference to where it grows.

Also known as:
wahoo, spindle tree, strawberry tree, european strawberry, alpine strawberry, woodland strawberry, wild strawberry, fraise des bois, californian strawberry


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for strawberry

Fragaria vesca is native to north temperate regions of Eurasia and North America.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting strawberry

climate
Strawberry grows in sun or in part sun along trails and roadsides, embankments, hillsides, stone- and gravel-laid paths and roads, as well as meadows, young woodlands, sparse forest, woodland edges, and in clearings.

soil
Strawberry prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil.

growing
The strawberry plant propagates easily via runners. In summer, separate each runner from the main plant and replant individually into the garden soil.

harvesting
After the strawberry plant flowers, harvest the leaves and dry them for later use.

preserving
Store dried strawberry leaves in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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