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Not to be confused with the bland tasting berry of the common but non-native mock strawberry, wild strawberries have sweet fruits that are said to be one of the tastiest wild berries*! Value to wildlife is high. Spreads with stolons that root to form new plants. Often goes dormant through the hot summer months, and puts on growth in the spring and fall.

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic

Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam

Height: 4”-7”

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Apr-May

Root Type: Fibrous 

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, small butterflies, and skippers. Hosts the grizzled skipper, moths such as the strawberry crown borer and strawberry leafroller moth, and some smaller insects. Fruits feed a wide variety of animals including songbirds, gamebirds, large and small mammals, and turtles. Grouse and rabbit are known to feed on the foliage.

*One of the parent species of the cultivated strawberry, which is a hybrid of wild strawberry and costal strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis). 

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