Wild Strawberry - Fragaria vesca


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)


Dry habitats, old railways, roadsides.

When to see it

April to July.

Life History


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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map