Scientific Name: Fragaria virginiana
Also known as: Virginia Strawberry
Wild strawberry is a low trailing winter perennial, spreading by stolons. The leaves of wild strawberry are similar to cultivated strawberries. The leaves are trifoliolate on long hairy petioles. The leaves have toothed margins. The flowers which are produced from April to June are white with yellow stamens and pistils, and contain five petals. The fruit is a red strawberry with many small seeds in pits on the surface. Wild strawberry reproduces from seed and from runners. Each plant forms multiple runners which root at the nodes and form new plants. Wild strawberry is found throughout most of the United States and Canada.
Because wild strawberry reproduces from runners, it is difficult to physically remove plants from turf situations. Although single plants are not difficult to pull or hoe from loose soil, runners may link into multiple plants several feet distant. If physical removal is attempted, take extreme care to remove all plants and plant parts. Follow good turf management practices to create a dense competitive stand of turfgrass.
Make your post-emergence herbicide application to wild strawberry that is actively growing and in the 4 trifoliolate leaf to flower stage of growth.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.