Wild strawberries

These trailing fruity perennials provide great ground cover. But be warned, their trailers are very exploratory and can stretch afar. Interestingly, the name strawberry is thought to have derived from the name ‘to strew’.

Wild strawberries differ from their domesticated brethren in that the fruits are delicious miniatures. You can also brew the leaves as a tea which is thought to be particularly effective for dysentry.

The nectar and pollen are popular forage for a range of insects including honey bees, bumble bees and a range of butterflies. A wide range of hungry wildlife also enjoy the creeping undergrowth of a wild strawberry forest including pests such as slugs and mites but also beneficial predators such as frogs, toads, salamanders, centipedes, spiders.

Hurray to fragaria vesca!

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