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Virginia Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana Duchesne.

Virginia strawberry
Figure 112.—Virginia strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Other common names.—Scarlet strawberry.

Habitat and range.—This wild form of strawberry is found in dry soils from Newfoundland to South Dakota, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Description.—The Virginia strawberry is a small, rather stout, dark-green, hairy herb growing from a thick rootstock which sends out long, stout runners. The leaves, consisting of three thick, broadly oval, toothed leaflets, grow directly from the rootstock, the leaf stems being erect and from 2 to 6 inches long. The flowers and fruit bear much resemblance to the cultivated strawberry, but the fruit is much smaller.

Part used.—The leaves.

Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update Friday, April 3, 1998 by aw