Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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.

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