Scientific name: Fragaria vesca
The Wild strawberry produces miniature, edible versions of the juicy red fruits we so enjoy. Gathering wild food can be fun, but it's best to do it with an expert - come along to a Wildlife Trust event to try it.
StatisticsHeight: up to 30cm
When to seeApril to August
AboutIf you spot miniature, juicy red strawberries on the grassy banks of limestone and chalk downlands, open woodland, scrubland and railway cuttings, the chances are you are looking at a Wild Strawberry plant. Not actually the ancestor of commercial strawberries, the Wild strawberry does have an excellent flavour. With long, rooting runners, it spreads quickly and low to the ground; its white flowers appear from April to July and the tasty fruits follow.
How to identifyWild strawberry has glossy, trefoil leaves with toothed edges and hairy undersides; white flowers with five petals and a golden centre; and distinctive, heart-shaped red fruits with tiny seeds on the outside.
In our area
Wild strawberries often grow along woodland tracks on Wenlock Edge, Walcot Wood and the edges of Brook Vessons.