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Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild Strawberries (Fragaria)

While strolling along the path that surrounds Rithet's Bog I noticed these familiar blossoms. I've entitled this post "Wild Strawberries" although they are probably more properly called Coastal Strawberries (Fragaria chiloensis), an ancestor of the common garden strawberry, or Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca). And, given that that part of the bog is quite close to the residential areas that surround the bog, these berry plants might even be escapes from a nearby garden. In any case it was nice to see them and their promise of one of summer's most distinctive and delicious flavors.

5 comments:

JoJo said...

Will they grow into edible fruits?

Priyanka Khot said...

The flowers are beautiful. It would be nice to see them grow into tasty fruits.

Steffe said...

Great to see. They sure are tasty. I have wild strawberries growing where I live. We call them Smultron.

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks all for your comments. And yes they do taste very good if you can get any - the birds love them too.

Jabba said...

We attended a talk at UVic last week with the Native Plant society. It was awesome, Andy Mackinnon made a speech about edible and medicinal plants and at the end they had a raffle and we won TWO native plants. One of them is a strawberry - it's very small though so I'm not sure if it's the same one as your picture. When it grows up maybe we'll be able to tell.