Indian mock strawberry (Duchesnea indica)
Quick facts and care essentials
• Evergreen perennial
• Zones 1-24, 29-43
• Full sun, partial shade, or full shade
• Moderate water
It looks like a strawberry plant: the stems are trailing and rooting, the leaves bright green, with three leaflets. But unlike true strawberry, Indian mock strawberry has yellow flowers rather than white ones, and its red fruits – edible but insipid – are carried above the foliage rather than under the leaves.
It is best used among open shrubs or small trees, since it can be invasive in well-watered gardens. Tidy up plantings by mowing them in early spring. Space 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart.