Fragaria vesca

Fragaria vesca

(Otherwise known as Wild or Woodland Strawberries or Fraises de Bois)

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Since much of my garden has a “wild” touch to it, these fit very well into the landscape. The name is misleading as they grow in open sun, and not only woodland. They are, however, very wild! They send out runners and spread quickly, and as ground cover are wonderful. Not only is the greenery welcome, but the pretty white flowers from May onwards and the first fruit a few weeks later create a magical, fairytale look.

Moreover, they taste and smell delicous, although they rapidly lose their flavour when picked.

Sweet treats for the gardener!

(And for the dogs – one of which has learned to pick them herself) 😀