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Indian mock strawberry

(More Lawn Weeds)  (Lawn Control Options)  

Indian mock strawberry
Duchesnea indica

indian mock strawberry and berries



Growth habit

Low, trailing, less than 1 ft. tall; stolons root to form a chain of new plants; trifoliate leaves with rounded teeth.


Reproduces by seeds and rooted stolons; flowers yellow with 5 petals followed by strawberry-like fruit.

Conditions that favor growth 

Tolerates shade and close mowing. Likes moist areas.


Keep landscape beds well maintained. Handpull when soil is moist.

Cultural control: Maintain healthy, dense turf that can compete and prevent weed establishment.
Mechanical control: Hand pulling or using an appropriate weeding tool are the primary means of mechanical weed control in lawns. This is a viable option at the beginning of an infestation and on young weeds. Hand pulling when the soil is moist makes the task easier. Weeds with tap roots like dandelions or have a basal rosette (leaves clustered close to the ground) like plantain are easier to pull than weeds such as Bermudagrass (wiregrass) or creeping Charlie (ground ivy) that spread with stolons or creeping stems that root along the ground.
General chemical control: (lawns) Spot treat weeds with a liquid, selective, postemergent, broadleaf weed killer applied when weeds are actively growing. Look for a product with one or more of the following active ingredients:
2, 4-DMCPP (mecoprop), Dicamba* or Triclopyr. Treat in the spring and fall. Multiple treatments are often necessary.

*Do not spray herbicides containing dicamba over the root zone of trees and shrubs. Roots can absorb the product possibly causing plant damage. Read the product label for precautions. 

Organic control

For a glossary of herbicide terms and additional information see: control options     

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