Indian Strawberry

Looks like a strawberry, tastes like straw!

Looks like a strawberry, tastes like straw!

The Indian Strawberry is a peculiar little plant.  It looks rather like a strawberry, and is somewhate related, but doesn’t taste at all like one.  It’s not poisonous or bitter, just bland.

It originated from Asia and so the name refers to the country of India rather than a Native American sobriquet.  Although alien, I’ve never seen it as invasive or aggressive anywhere.  Whenever I see it, I think “yum yum, wild strawberries” but then I bend over to pick it and easily see that it is not a strawberry.

The plant is used in Asia for all sorts of medicinal purposes.  Apparently it cures just about everything.  I suppose that’s how it made its way to North America.  You can eat, smoke, decoct, poultice, infuse or do just about anything with any part of the plant, depending on what you want to cure.  You can even make an offering to the Indian gods if all else fails.

The flower is yellow, rather than white like real strawberries.

The flower is yellow, rather than white like real strawberries.

It can form sort of a ground cover.

It can form sort of a ground cover.

 

Here's one whole plant.

Here’s one whole plant.

The plant grows via stolons, which pop up a new "plant" every so often.

The plant grows via stolons, which pop up a new “plant” every so often.

The leaf looks a lot like a real strawberry leaf.

The leaf looks a lot like a real strawberry leaf.

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2 Responses to Indian Strawberry

  1. Jennifer says:

    Cool plant. I didn’t realize it wasn’t a true strawberry. I suppose I’ve never looked close enough! Thanks for enlightening. 🙂

  2. pmcafee2013 says:

    Jennifer,
    Try it sometime. Not only can it be used as an anticoagulant, antiseptic, depurative or febrifuge, but it’s also good for snakebites!

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