Indian Mock Strawberry
Indian mock strawberry is a perennial, spreading by hairy stolons (runners). Leaflets are toothed and hairy with long, hairy petioles with leaf-like stipules (basal appendages). Single flowers with five yellow petals are borne on long stalks from the leaf axils. The fruit is red and fleshy and similar in appearance to the commercial strawberry though smaller and tasteless. It is similar in appearance and growth habit to wild strawberry, but it has yellow flowers instead of white and teeth on leaf edges are rounded rather than sharp-pointed.
Improving surface drainage, aerating when needed, and watering infrequently will help reduce Indian mock-strawberry encroachment.
Growth Season/Life Cycle
three; first few leaves are simple, rest are trifoliates
dense hairs on upper surface
1/2 - 2 inches
fibrous; note also the stolons associated with this plant