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Wild Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana
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Habitat: Shaded to open gravelly soils and thickets from prairie to alpine habitats.

Description: Compound leaves with 3 leaflets, that are broad, oval shaped and toothed.  Blue-green in color, smooth above and hairy below. White flowers grow on a leafless stem, 5 petals per flower.  "Berry" is 10-15mm in diameter (much smaller than the berries you buy in the supermarket).

Size: 15cm tall.

Fun Facts: Wild strawberries are much smaller than the store bought variety, but are often much more flavourful.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants. 1999. University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Northern Bedstraw
Galium boreale
Leaves grow directly on stem (no stalks) in groups of 4.  Dark green in color, narrow, 1.5-5cm long, with three main veins.  White or cream colored flowers are tiny, and grow in clusters.
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