Fragaria vesca
Family: Rosaceae
hillside strawberry, thin-leaved wild strawberry, woodland strawberry
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Fragaria: from the Latin fraga, "strawberry," which derives from fragum, "fragrant," from the fragrance of the fruit
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-6" tall forb; spreading by runners
Leaves: basal, 3-parted, toothed; end tooth usually wider than the side teeth and often longer; leaflets mostly stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/2" wide; inflorescence with a few to several flowers on stalks taller than the leaves; blooms April-June
Fruits: red, edible, juicy; elliptical berry; seeds near the surfacedrawing
Habitat: north-facing; woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
Forests of oak, maple, sugar maple-basswood, sugar maple-beech-hemlock, mixed conifers, white pine, oak-hickory, oak-walnut, aspen-birch; swamps of white cedar, balsam fir-white cedar-spruce, tamarack. Pine relicts, cedar glades, rocky ledges and outcrops, cliffs, oak savannas, rocky shores, rock cuts, roadsides, along railroads, wooded talus slopes, along trails and paths, clearcuts, meadows and fields, open hillsides and slopes. Found throughout most parts of the state but absent from a large section of the northwest counties and some eastern counties. Most of our records are from the southern part of the Driftless Area.