A low, ground-hugging herbaceous perennial, rooting from runners. Flowers in clusters, each with 5 white petals and many stamens, in the arrangement typical of the rose family. Blooms April-May. Leaves compound with 3 egg-shaped leaflets with toothed lobes, on hairy stems, dark green. Fruit a delicious red “berry” (technically it’s an aggregate fruit), about ½ inch across, ripening June-July.
Similar species: The nonnative, weedy Indian strawberry (mock strawberry), Duchesnea indica, has yellow petals instead of white, and its “strawberries” lack juiciness and flavor.