Herb: Woodland Strawberry

Latin name: Fragaria bracteata

Synonyms: Fragaria vesca bracteata, Fragaria vesca crinita

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Edible parts of Woodland Strawberry:

Fruit - raw. Sweet and succulent, they are eaten as a delicacy. The leaves are a tea substitute.

Description of the plant:


25 cm
(9 3/4 inch)

to May

Habitat of the herb:

Moist woods, stream banks and sandy meadows.

Propagation of Woodland Strawberry:

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. The seed can take 4 weeks or more to germinate. The seedlings are very small and slow-growing at first, but then grow rapidly. Prick them out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out during the summer. Division of runners, preferably done in July/August in order to allow the plants to become established for the following years crop. They can also be moved in the following spring if required, though should not then be allowed to fruit in their first year. The runners can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist woods, stream banks and sandy meadows.

Medicinal use of Woodland Strawberry:

None known

Known hazards of Fragaria bracteata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.