Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a plant from the Rose family (Rosaceae) native to Europe, Asia, and North America. It grows in meadows and forest clearings, on the forest edges and scrubby slopes, from the lowlands to the subalpine areas.
It is a low-growing perennial, usually growing to a height of approximately 15-20 cm.
Strawberries are generally known to be small and sweet red berries. They are edible and have a mild, pleasantly aromatic taste.
The leaves of the plant are edible and can be used in salads or as a side dish. They have a slightly sweet taste and are rich in vitamin C.
Strawberry has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, believed to have anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, and thus to treat various illnesses.
Due to its sweet scent, it is also used in perfumery.
As a species, it is important in genetic and plant breeding research. It has a small genome size and a short life cycle which makes it an ideal specimen for the study of plant development and evolution.
The strawberry symbolizes purity, love, and passion. In traditional European folklore, wild strawberries were believed to have magical properties and were associated with fairies and other supernatural beings.