Wild strawberries? - Knowledgebase Question

Greensboro, No
Question by Itzyespin
April 1, 2010
Behing my house they are tons a little plants they look exactly like strawberrys except this one have yellow flower and they are a little shorter I was wondering if they are edible(was thinking maybe they are wild strawberries) or something like that they are spreading like weed or ground cover any idea of what could it be?Thanks.

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010


I can't tell without looking whether you are seeing Indian Strawberry
(Duchesnea indica) or Potentilla which is an ornamental plant. The fruit of the Indian strawberry are edible but they don't have much flavor. The fruits of the Potentilla are not considered edible. I'd take a plant, or at least the flowers and fruit to your local extension service for positive identification before eating any of the berries. Here's the address: North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Guilford County, 3309 Burlington Rd Greensboro, NC 27405 phone (336) 375-5876.

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