Wild Strawberry - Fragaria vesca

    Description

    Low to short plant with long rooting runners. Leaves in basal tufts, trifoliate, with bright green oval toothed leaflets. Flowers white, 12 to 18 mm in lax clusters, scarcely exceeding the leaves. Strawberry small with deflexed sepals.

    Similar Species

    Barren Strawberry (Potentilla sterilis) has grey-green leaves with the terminal tooth shorter than those either side

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Terminal tooth of leaflet similar size to those either side

    Recording advice

    Photo of flowers and leaves (+ fruit if present)

    Habitat

    Dry habitats, old railways, roadsides.

    When to see it

    April to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 118 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map