Oct. 21, 2020

Indian strawberry, Potentilla indica

No, not those Indians. This is named for the south Asian region of its origin. It has now spread to many places around the globe. You've probably seen these flowers. Here they bloom from April to season's end. The resulting little red fruit is irresistible. Pop one in your mouth and you will be amazed at how tasteless and dry they are! This is also fittingly called mock strawberry. The plant does make a decent if somewhat assertive groundcover for your garden. It has been used in poultices for skin problems. We have so far been mocked in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, BC, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 4/13/12. Rose family, Rosaceae.