Strawberry fields, Nothing is real….

Let me take you down
‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real…

At first, I thought we had strawberries growing all over our yard. So, we encouraged them. Who wouldn’t want fresh backyard strawberries? After a year or two, it became clear these weren’t strawberries. They didn’t make fruit, and the flowers were wronIMG_20140705_182240g.

What we had was an abundance of this, our species of the week:

Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica

Perhaps you can see why I had them mixed up.

Their leaves are palmate with groups of three leaflets, and are toothed all around (strawberries do not have teeth at the bottom of their leaves). Their stems are hairy and can grow a foot or two in height.

Rough Cinquefoil has tiny yellow flowers with five petals. The sepals (right under the petals) are just as long and point out between petals.IMG_20140705_192338 (In this picture, some of the petals fell off.)

Most importantly, they do not grow delicious red strawberries.

So, we had to plant our own strawberries. This year we were excited to see the beginnings of an extremely abundant crop. However, we ended up involuntarily donating every last one to the “feed the chipmunk” fund operating under our deck. Better luck (and better chipmunk-proofing) next year. Time to visit Herrle’s farm!

 

Sources:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/ontweeds/rough_cinquefoil.htm

http://courses.missouristate.edu/pbtrewatha/rough_cinquefoil.htm

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Posted on July 6, 2014, in Species of the week, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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