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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Virginia Strawberry

Virginia Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

       The native Virginia, Wild, or Common Strawberry, found throughout North America and considered weedy in some areas, blooms in mid spring. Found in open areas, fields, open wooded areas, and woodland edges the wild strawberry prefers moist souls.
       The white flowers, typical of those in the Rose family (Rosaceae), are an inch across with five white petals, five sepals, and five leaf-like bracts. Leaves, toothed and rounded, grow to nine inches long.
       The modern hybrid strawberry found in supermarkets, developed from the wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) and a South American species, is larger and less tasty than its smaller, wild relative.
       The fruit of the wild strawberry is editable raw or cooked and is used in jellies and jams. The leaves, used medicinally in treatment of a wide variety of aliments, are high in vitamin C also makes a pleasant tasting tea when dried. The fruit may be used as toothpaste substitute to clean the teeth.
       The Rosaceae is an important family and contain many species important to humans
        It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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