This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This pretty species is a native of our country, as well as of Europe, though not as often met with as the Virginian or common strawberry. It is the parent of the Alpine class of garden fruits. It may be readily distinguished by the smaller and more plaited leaves. In riding through Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, in mid-winter, the writer came on a bank from which the snow had just melted, and which was covered with these plants; the evergreen leaves shone beautifully through the melting snow, and suggested the beautiful effect which they might give in the hands of those who are just now interested in the " wild garden".