Indian mock strawberry

Indian mock strawberry (Potentilla indica), formally (Duchesnea indica). Photo: Betty Marose

Updated: March 2, 2023

Life cycle


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.

mock strawberry leaves
Trifoliate mock strawberry leaves
Photo: Rachel Rhodes, UME

Management in lawns

Lawn care practices

Maintain healthy, dense turf that can compete and prevent weed establishment.

Lawn Care

Mechanical management

Hand pull or use an appropriate weeding tool as soon as the infestation is noticed. Hand pulling when the soil is moist makes the task easier.

Manage Weeds Without Chemicals

Chemical treatment in lawns

If you choose this option, 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-D, MCPP (mecoprop), Dicamba*, or Triclopyr.

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

Lawn Herbicides for Weed Management