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Wild Strawberry

A familiar strawberry plant and common in woods and hedgerows across Dorset from April to July


  • Wild Strawberry: the woodland strawberry

    Post date: Saturday, 28 March, 2015 - 00:00

    April through to July is the time to look for the wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca). The fruit it produces is very similar to the garden strawberry we all love to eat only much smaller and, inevitably, the flower is smaller too. it can easily confused with the barren strawberry which is very similar but that flowers earlier from February through to May and is has blueish leaves whereas the wild strawberry has shiny green leaves. 

    Also known as the wild strawberry, it is common in woodland where there is plenty of light so it is mainly found on sunny banks, rides and glades. It can also be found out of woodland in hedgerows, on embankments and even along roadsides across Dorset. 

    The fruit of the wild strawberry was once popular with humans but as larger fruiting varieties were developed for cultivation and cropping so the wild strawberry became somewhat ignored despite being very tasty. 


Common Name Wild Strawberry
Scientific Name Fragaria vesca
Species Group Rose Family Rosaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Rose family - Rosaceae
Status Common
Flower Colour Group White
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Strawberry flowering in spring as opposed to the earlier barren strawberry
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Rose Family Rosaceae