Fragaria vesca, commonly called wild strawberry, woodland strawberry, Alpine strawberry, Carpathian strawberry, European strawberry, or fraisier des bois, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the rose family that grows naturally throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and that produces edible fruits. Its bright red strawberries are smaller than store-bought varieties, but are well-known for their unique and superior flavor. The herbal / medicinal uses of the wild strawberry may be found here. Woodland or Wild Strawberry is a fruiting, evergreen groundcover native to woodland habitats of Western North America. Like the cultivated strawberry, the fruit of the wild strawberry is fleshy and covered with seeds on the outside – the tiny brown ‘flecks’ of the strawberry. Martha Crone, in her 1951 inventory of Garden plants, listed both species (F. vesca and F. virginiana) as present in the Garden.She listed the Woodland Strawberry as Fragaria americana, which is now classified as a variety of F. vesca.She had noted in her Garden Log of 1933 that she planted F. virginiana. The wild strawberry is a plant of open woodland, banks and grassy places. Edible Uses. Notes: The Wild Strawberries are not indigenous to the Garden. The Woodland Strawberry has been used by humans for millennia as a native food.