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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Copyright © 2008 William T. Hathaway.