Indian Mockstrawberry

Scientific Name - Duchesnea indica (Andr.) Focke
Family - Rosaceae

Low-growing perennial with long stolons. Leaves with three leaflets and toothed margins as opposed to the five leaflets found on Oldfield Cinquefoil. Single flowers, on long petioles, five yellow petals. Fruit red, spongy, round, and "strawberry-like", not poisonous but not palatable. Reproduces by seed and stolons. Common in shaded areas. Found in the southeast United States, west to Oklahoma, Texas, California, and the Pacific Northwest, north into Pennsylvania and New York. Also occurs in the West Indies, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe.