I have been delighted that Sitka strawberries have naturalized in my front yard as a pretty and fast expanding ground cover. To give the fruits more sun, I harvest leaves that I dry for a mild and slightly tannic addition to tea mixtures.
According to my readings, the various wild and domesticated varieties vary in the number of petals. The ones I photographed (not Sitka, which flower later) have five, broadly ovate petals – white with a tinge of yellow at the point of attachment. Sources assert five sepals as well, but I count ten. On the other hand, they are so tightly fused to the base that I tore them when looking, but it certainly looks like five thin and five wide to me. All attach at the bottom of the receptacle (the future fruit), along with a circle of stamens. I counted 18 on my best specimen. The receptacle is yellow green at this time of year, and firm, covered with numerous short, yellow pistils which will form achenes in the mature fruit.
The compound leaves (three leaflets) are dark green, serrated, slightly hairy and stiff, with deep, parallel venation.