Wild Strawberry

When crossing sandy knolls or open, uncultivated fields and pastures,

the alluring perfume of the _wild strawberry_ will sometimes lead you to

the patch which shows the bright-red little berry on its low-growing

plant. It is common everywhere, though it bears the name of wild

Virginia strawberry. In Latin it is most appropriately called

_Fragaria_, meaning fragrant. The leaves are compound with three

coarsely toothed, hairy leaflets. The small white flowers grow in sparse

clusters on rather long, hairy stems. They have many deep yellow stamens

which are surrounded by the fine white petals. In fruiting time the

leaves are often bright-red.