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Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)

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skill rating
5 hours care
per year
0.1m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Duchesnea indica

Other names

Indian strawberry, Mock strawberry, Rock strawberry, Yellow-flowered strawberry, Fragaria indica, Duchesnea chrysantha , Potentilla indica

Genus

Duchesnea Duchesnea

Species

D. indica - D. indica is a rosette-forming, evergreen perennial with rooting runners, palmate leaves divided into three oblong to ovate, scalloped or toothed, dark green leaflets and tiny yellow flowers in early and late summer followed by edible yet unpalatable, bright red fruit.


Duchesnea indica is: Evergreen

Habit

Mat Forming, Rosette

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Snails , Slugs Snails , Slugs

General care

Pruning

Remove runners to control spread.

Propagation

Dow seed in a cold frame in spring or autumn. Detach and plant rooted plantlets any time of year.

Propagation methods

Root plantlets, Seed


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Where to grow

Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in humus-rich, woodland soil in full or partial shade. Tolerates any soil and position. Suitable for underplanting, bank stabilisation, in hanging baskets, or as a trailing houseplant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Duchesnea indica

Other names

Indian strawberry, Mock strawberry, Rock strawberry, Yellow-flowered strawberry, Fragaria indica, Duchesnea chrysantha , Potentilla indica

Genus

Duchesnea Duchesnea

Species

D. indica - D. indica is a rosette-forming, evergreen perennial with rooting runners, palmate leaves divided into three oblong to ovate, scalloped or toothed, dark green leaflets and tiny yellow flowers in early and late summer followed by edible yet unpalatable, bright red fruit.

Native to

China, India, Japan

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Mat Forming, Rosette


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Snails , Slugs

General care

Pruning

Remove runners to control spread.

Propagation

Dow seed in a cold frame in spring or autumn. Detach and plant rooted plantlets any time of year.

Propagation methods

Root plantlets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in humus-rich, woodland soil in full or partial shade. Tolerates any soil and position. Suitable for underplanting, bank stabilisation, in hanging baskets, or as a trailing houseplant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orgyia thyellina

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest from Eastern Asia which could be damaging to broadleaf and coniferous species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be on goods (including non-plant material) imported from Eastern Asia and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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