Stems: running, and forming new plants. Leaves: tufted from the root, villous-pubescent with spreading hairs, long-petioled, palmately-trifoliate; leaflets oval, obtuse, dentate, the terminal one cuneate. Flowers: of five petals, cymose; scape with appressed pubescent and generally glaucous leaves. Fruit: red, ovoid.
Nearly every one will easily recognize the blossoms of the Wild Strawberry plant. "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." This is equally true of the fragrant scarlet fruits on the mountain side as of their cultivated cousins in the garden.
Fragaria bracteata, or Wood Strawberry, is a small species, marked by conspicuous bracts, which grows on the forested hillsides.