I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter).

Small red fruit

Does anyone have any idea what it is?

  • Hey Matt! Nice to see you on GL! I was almost positive this was a dupe, but I think I must remember IDing this weed by comment somewhere. I am assuming you weren't looking for methods of control, hence the short answer. If that would be useful, I can expand the answer.
    – J. Musser
    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:32
  • The only other reference I could find was in this question. I'm not really looking for weed control, since I'm renting the place and the whole yard is a mix of various clover-like plants. I was just wondering what it was. :)
    – The Flash
    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:51
  • I don't think the search engine picks up content from comments.
    – J. Musser
    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:56
  • @J.Musser That's true, I was just double-checking for a duplicate.
    – The Flash
    Jul 28, 2014 at 4:07

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That is Mock Strawberry, Duchesnea indica. The fruits are edible, but rather tasteless. This is a common weed in much of the United States. Look for small, strawberry-like plants in your lawn, with long stolons connecting the individual crowns. These plants have five petaled yellow flowers. See comparison photos:

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    FWIW: we have this plant in France, too. Easy to mix up with wood-strawberries.
    – Patrick B.
    Jul 28, 2014 at 20:53

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