Barren Strawberry - Potentilla sterilis


    Low, hairy plant with long rooting runners. Leaves bluish green, trifoliate, hairy, with long oval toothed leaflets, grey silky beneath. Flowers white, 10 to 15 mm with gaps between the slightly notched petals.

    Similar Species

    Barren Strawberry can be distinguished from Wild Strawberry by the terminal tooth of the leaf being shorter than those on either side.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Grey green leaves with terminal tooth shorter than those either side, widely spaced petals

    Recording advice

    Photograph of flowers and leaves


    Dry places, old walls, banks.

    When to see it

    February to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain except in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 100 of the 617 tetrads.

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