Mock StrawberryWednesday, June 17, 2009
Mock Strawberry or Indian Strawberry's botanic name is Potentilla Indica and it originates from southern and eastern continental Asia. This plant is not the 'real' strawberry that is grown for its fruit but rather a perennial that grows well in our hot and humid tropical climate.
The fruit is red and small and I learnt that it is edible but not tasty. The leaves are trifoliate and individual leaves are oval in shape and have serrated edges.
The flowers are small, bright yellow (the 'real' strawberry flowers are white) and have five petals.
I find that this plant is quite invasive in nature as its wire-thin stems creep, grow roots and produce crowns at each node. I have to keep training the stems back into the pot every now and then.
But if you want a new plant, it is easy... just place a pot of soil next to it ;-)
Water this plant regularly to keep the soil moist all the time and place it in a semi-shaded area.
Actually Mock Strawberry is not a popular garden plant here due to its invasive nature and that it does not produce tasty fruit. But the plant does make a nice ornamental plant on pedestal or hanging pots with wire-thin stem/stolon falling out from the pot. Or merely as ground cover.
Updated on 19 June 2009: Below picture was taken this morning (a few days after above pictures were taken). You can see more fruits now.