Fragaria vesca L.
Also Called: Woodland strawberry, alpine strawberry.
Flowering Period: June, July, August
Family: Rose ( Rosaceae )
Height: up to 12"
Life Span: perennial
Stems: Reddish stem.
Leaves: The toothed leaves are thin and basal with a petiole generally 3-12 cm. They appear in leaflets of 3 and are sparsely hairy above.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 white petals with numerous yellow pistils and 20-35 stamens.
Fruits: The red fleshy fruit is covered with achenes.
Habitat: Meadows, partial shade of coniferous forest floors from the ponderosa pine to the spruce fir zone.
Distribution: Colorado County Distribution Map
Reproduction: Spreads by seed, short rhizomes and leafless stolons.
Comments: Strawberries we buy from supermarkets are a hybrid from two American species.