Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca

(Wild Strawberry)

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Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca, Gore Pass, Grande Co. 9883

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Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca, Mayflower Lake, Summit Co. 9262

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Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca, Sheep Park, Park Co. 4343

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Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca, Gore Pass, Grande Co. 9888

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Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca, Gore Pass, Grande Co. 9895

Scientific Name Fragaria virginiana ssp. glauca USDA PLANTS Symbol FRVIG2
Common Name Wild Strawberry, Mountain Strawberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 24641
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6000 to 12700 ft.); woodland openings, meadows, prairies, cleared areas, roadsides and streamsides.
Plant: Stemless perennial 4 to 7 inches tall, spreading by red, hairy runners that root as they go.
Leaves: Bluish green, compound basal leaves with three leaflets, the center one 3/8 to 1-3/4 inches long, shallowly-toothed edges; center tooth at leaflet tip equal in or smaller in size as adjacent two teeth.
Inflorescence: Cymes of 2 to 12 white flowers about 1 inch across with 5 rounded petals; conspicuous, pointed bracts.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Ovoid shaped, more rounded and smoother surface than F. vesca; about 1/2-inch long or less.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel, Flora of North America and Missouri Botanical Garden.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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