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Wild Strawberry Leaf

 

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

A particular nuisance weed that looks very similar to the leaves of a strawberry plant. They can be found just about anywhere that turfgrass can grow in the United States. The wild strawberry plant is not a fast growing weed, but very persistent.

This weed spreads with runners that hug the ground, snaking their way through the turf. Removing it by hand may be feasible if caught early, but once a large patch gets established (don't let it get established), then it becomes very difficult to remove manually. Any parts left from pulling with create a new establishment point and the process will begin again.

Wild Strawberry

Usually the plant does not set fruit in the lawn, but if it goes unnoticed in a flower bed and sets fruit, then birds will likely eat the fruit and spread wild strawberry seeds all over the place. Wild strawberry fruit is edible.