Sun Exposure: Sun, Part shade
Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium-Wet
Soil Type: Thrives in a wide range of soils: acid to lime, rich to poor, sand to clay
Height: low, ground cover
Bloom Time: May-June
Bloom Color: white
Attracts: Butterflies & bees; berries attract birds and other wildlife
Pollinator benefit: Larval Host for Grey Hairstreak and Grizzled Skipper butterflies; early nectar source; good for native bees
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) Wild strawberry is a ground-hugging plant rising from a fibrous, perennial root system. Hairy leaf petioles, up to 6 in. long, each bear a single trifoliate leaf. The hairy flower stalk gives rise to a loose cluster of small, five-petaled flowers followed by tasty, wild strawberries.
Found in patches in fields and dry openings, this plant produces the finest, sweetest, wild strawberry. The edible portion of the strawberry is actually the central portion of the flower (receptacle) which enlarges greatly with maturity and is covered with the embedded, dried, seed-like fruit.