Duchesnea indica carries an interesting berry resembling a miniature strawberry. This invasive stoloniferous ground covering plant was introduced from Taiwan where it was growing in sub-tropical rainforest. Quite happy colonising an area of shaded ground within the F beds near Inverleith House. Coping with sub-zero temperatures and a dry root zone.
The flower stalk rises up from the trifoliate leaves; the foliage is also very similar to the true strawberry, Fragaria hybrid. Yellow petals, short lived, surround a mass of yellow anthers fading to reveal the aggregate fruit made of many achenes. At present out of season sporadic flowering and fruiting is occurring. The main flowering season being late spring.
Where this plant is grown it is preferred to keep it within bounds. Fork out the runners and seedlings as they extend beyond the area originally planted.