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FutureStarrWild strawberry plants poisonous
Fragaria vesca, commonly called wild strawberry, woodland strawberry, Alpine strawberry, Carpathian strawberry, European strawberry, or fraisier des bois, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the rose family that grows naturally throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and that produces edible fruits.
Gathering wild food can be a satisfying experience and provides a chance to learn about our native plants. However, if you do fancy giving it a go, remember that it is an offence to totally uproot a wild plant and please just take what you need, leaving some for the wild creatures, too. Don't eat anything you can't identify, either - it could make you very ill. To find out more about wild plants, both edible and not, why not come along to a Wildlife Trust event? From fungi forays to woodland walks, there's plenty of opportunities to learn more about your local patch. Fragaria vesca, commonly called wild strawberry, woodland strawberry, Alpine strawberry, Carpathian Strawberry, European strawberry, or fraisier des bois. Evidence from archaeological excavations suggests that Fragaria vesca has been consumed by humans since the Stone Age. Typical habitat is along trails and roadsides, embankments, hillsides, stone- and gravel-laid paths and roads, meadows, young woodlands, sparse forest, woodland edges, and clearings. Often plants can be found where they do not get sufficient light to form fruit.
The Wild Strawberry was widely cultivated in Europe before being largely replaced by the Garden Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa), which has much larger berries. The garden strawberry is actually a hybrid between two species from the Americas and nothing to do with the Wild Strawberry. The fruit of Wild Strawberry is, though, strongly flavoured and still collected for domestic use and on a small scale commercially. Virginia strawberry, also called Wild strawberry, is a low-growing, perennial, herbaceous (i.e. not woody) plant growing less than 1 foot tall. It is a creeping plant, producing new plants along runners (stolons) that extend sideways along the surface of the soil, rooting as they grow. They provide food for many small animals and birds. Wild strawberry is a native plant found in much of the US and Canada. (Source: extension.umaine.edu)