John Greenleaf Whittier twanged a sympathetic chord that will vibrate for generations to come, when he exalted the Barefoot Boy,
"With thy red lips; redder still Kissed by strawberries on the hill."
And it is quite evident that the great poet himself had enjoyed the flavour and fragrance of the Wild Strawberry. Indeed, it is a delightful privilege that many of us have experienced. The hairy leaf and flower stems rise directly from the running roots. They are from two to six inches long and are sheathed at the base. The wheel-shaped flower has five short-clawed, rounded white petals and numerous orange-yellow stamens with a green, cone-shaped centre. The five green sepals are alternated with an equal number of bracts which show between the petals. Later, after the petals fall away, the sepals remain closely set to the maturing fruit. Several flowers are loosely clustered on short foot stems from which, later on, the attractive berry droops prettily. The compound leaf has three toothed and broad wedge-shaped hairy leaflets that overtop the fruit. They form little dark green tufts in scattered patches in fields, pastures and along woodsides, flowering from April to June, and often again during August, from New Brunswick to South Dakota, and South to Florida, Louisiana and Arizona.