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Wild Strawberry


Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, a member of the Rose family, grows throughout New England and is one of the parent plants for the cultivated hybrid strawberry (the other plant being native to Chile). Its fruits are a staple food for many animals but the leaves and flowers of this plant are also an important source of sustenance for a wide variety of creatures.  Cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, eastern chipmunks, white-footed mice, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, slugs and a variety of invertebrates including aphids, weevils and mites feed on the leaves of wild strawberry.  The flowers attract honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects that collect its pollen and nectar.  Caterpillars of several species of moths feed on the foliage and flowers of Wild Strawberry.

5 responses

  1. Trudy Wood

    Hi Mary,
    I so enjoy reading my daily nature fix from you and your site, thank you. Years ago in a Canadian pharmacy I bought, over the counter, a small bottle of Wild Strawberry Extract for upset stomach. It was the worst tasting stuff and may have worked although I think I felt better just so I wouldn’t have to take any more!

    Good wishes from outer Cape Cod,
    Trudy Wood

    May 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • I didn’t know a thing about the extract — hard to imagine it would taste bad, but I believe you! Thanks for writing in and adding to the blog!

      May 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  2. I had no idea the leaves were such an important herb! Thanks, Mary!

    May 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • I was surprised at the number of foliage eaters, as well, Kellyann!

      May 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

  3. Wonderful!

    May 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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