By Hollan Johnson

The wild strawberry, also called the mountain strawberry, is a native of North America. It’s an herbaceous perennial that spreads by runners and makes a nice ground cover. The flowers bloom in late spring and the fruit sets by mid to late summer. Wild strawberry fruits are small, only the size of a pea to the size of a thumb, according to Missouri State University. Wild strawberry can take over a garden bed in no time.

Find the wild strawberry plants at your local native plant nursery. It might be under the name mountain strawberry or Virginia strawberry or the biological name Fragaria virginiana “Duchesne.”

Select a location for the wild strawberry plants in your yard. Wild strawberries need full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.

Dig holes for the wild strawberry plants. Dig holes 8 to 10 inches apart. Dig the holes as deep as the root balls and two times as wide.

Place the wild strawberries into the holes and fill the holes with soil. Water the wild strawberry plants well for three minutes.