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Fragaria vesca

Fraisier des bois
Woodland Strawberry

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

white

Flower size

15 mm

Flowering months

May,

June

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

5-25 cm

Description

Before the commercial Fragaria vesca was developed at the beginning of the 16th century, Fragaria vescas were gathered from the wild.

Shady, fairly damp places in woodland.

‘Fragar’, Latin for fragrance, of flowers and fruit. Woody root stock with long rooting runners. Small white or red fruit.

Flowers

The flowers are 5-petalled, 3-10 on long stems.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, serrated, silky, green above, pale beneath, 1-6 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a fleshy fruit with many one-seeded achenes (the tiny pips in the strawberry) produced by one single flower.

Edible

Fruit.

Medical

Leaves and roots: to treat diarrhoea.
Fruit: as a laxative.

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