Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Strawberries aren't just delicious, the whole plant has many medicinal uses, too!
Strawberries aren’t just delicious, the whole plant has many medicinal uses, too!
- Leaves in groups of three on long stalk, strongly veined and toothed
- Connected by hairy runners
- Flowers are white with 5-7 petals
- Fruits and small hairy strawberry!
- Looks very similar to wild strawberry and coastal strawberry
- Perennial herb
- Found in openings and open forests at low to sub-alpine elevations
- Berries for mid-summer
Bird and Pollinator Relationships:
- Food source for birds, mammals, and pollinators
Food and medicine:
- Popular berry to make into jam, or snacked on straight from the plant. They are too juicy to be dried like some other berries such as Salal
- Leaves are high in vitamin C and can help keep colds away. They are also high in iron and can be used to treat anemia
- Tea infusion can help regular menstruation, calm morning sickness, and promote breast milk production
The Saanich and Mainland Comox steeped fresh leaves for tea. Thimbleberry and trailing blackberry leaves were often added. The Quileute chewed the leaves to be applied as a poultice on burns. The Skokomish made tea from the entire plant to treat diarrhea.
Haida report strawberries being abundant before the introduction of deer.
Sources: Boreal Herbal, Beverly Gray; Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Pojar and McKinnon