PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Wild Strawberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Fragaria virginiana / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Virginia strawberry

CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

 

DRY/COOK

Summer

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

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RAW/COOK

Summer

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small for leaves, medium for fruit

 

COMMENT:  Dried leaves used as a tea.

 

CAUTION: “Strawberry leaf tea is laxative. Do not use wilted leaves. Only fresh or totally dry leaves.” (2)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  High in Vitamin C, Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Emmenagogue;  Galactogogue;  Odontalgic;  Poultice. (1)  Also: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-362/strawberry

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  There is a barren “wild strawberry” with white or yellow flowers that does not fruit, and is not listed as edible. White flower variety: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potentilla_sterilis

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  “The fruits are used as a tooth cleaner. They are held in the mouth, or rubbed over the teeth, to remove tartar.” (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Fragaria+virginiana
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/fragaria-virginiana-be-a-strawberry-sleuth-2   
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_strawberry 
  4. https://dengarden.com/gardening/Wild-Strawberries-Versus-Mock-Strawberries  
    (good photos comparing difference between Wild and Indian Strawberries)