Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides)

Barren Strawberry
Waldsteinia fragarioides

Barren Strawberry

By William T. Hathaway

Within Pittsylvania County, Virginia, this little member of the Rose family, Waldsteinia fragarioides, can be found mostly along woodland edges. The strawberry-like fruit is not edible. It is interesting to me that our local Barren Strawberry plants seem to grow as isolated individuals — not in clumps, as do true strawberry plants (whose flowers are white). Flowers of the Barren Strawberry appear in April through June.

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