Rosaceae (Rose) Family
Common Strawberry is also known as Beach Strawberry.
This low perennial forms runners and produces several small, white flowers and long-stalked, 3-part basal leaves. Its preferred habitat is open fields, and the edge of woods. Distribition is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are about 1-1/2 inch long, toothed, with hairy stalks. The color is bright, shiny green.
The flowers are typical rose, about 1/2 inch in diameter, 5 roundish sepals, 5 roundish white petals, and numerous stamens and pistils situated on a dome-like structure. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is dry, seed-like, sunken within the enlarged fleshy cone, the "strawberry."
Found in fields and dry openings, this plant produces the sweetest wild strawberry. The edible portion of the strawberry is actually the central portion of the flower.