Indian mock strawberry

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

Updated: May 19, 2021

Life cycle

Perennial

Growth habit

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

Reproduction 

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.

Management in lawns

Cultural lawn care practices

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

Mechanical management

  • 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.

Chemical treatment in lawns

*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.