08 January 2014
Wood or Wild Strawberry
Happy New Year! This wild or wood strawberry came up under a peach tree. The flowers are bright yellow and the fruit bright red but tasteless (although, apparently, edible!). Wild strawberry is sometimes considered to be a species of Potentilla but botanical research in 2002 showed that Potentilla shares the same DNA with Fragaria ("real" strawberries) so they are all Fragarias. Anyway, this one has formed a pleasant ground cover under the peach tree. Like the named varieties of strawberries, it spreads by runners but these are easy to control. This one grows in semi-shade.