Is there a strawberry plant look like with jagged teeth?

Not sure where this plant came from, but here it is and the best I can make of it, it's a strawberry plant, but it looks strange. Does anyone know what this is? I live in Minnesota, zone 4. (maybe my little girl took a bite of a store-bought strawberry last year and threw it on the soil?)

Strawberry plant that doesn't look like my others.

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    I truely does not look like strawberry to me. But still I may be wrong. May 18, 2019 at 22:09
  • Is this plant opposite leaved? I am thinking off the cuff this might be a WILD GERANIUM. 5 lobes when a bit older? White or pink flowers? Could you crush a leaf and smell? If Wild Geranium it will be strong, unmistakable.
    – stormy
    May 18, 2019 at 22:14
  • @stormy I just crushed a leaf and smelled and there is no scent. No flowers (yet?). May 18, 2019 at 22:59
  • Not a cultivated strawberry, possibly a wild one, though. It reminds me of a weed I know but can't place at the moment. If I remember the weed and it checks out, I'll post it as an answer. Almost certainly not a geranium. EDIT - might be rough cinquefoil.
    – Jurp
    May 18, 2019 at 23:43
  • If I had to bet, I would probably agree with your assessment @Jurp. The leaves just seemed to be more jagged than the typical strawberry plants I've seen, so I I thought it might be something else. I'd love to try me some wild strawberries though! May 19, 2019 at 0:49

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It looks like Rough Cinquefoil - Potentilla norvegica (also known as False Strawberry). Photo:https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/archive/entomology/ndsucpr/Years/2006/june/22/cinquefoil.jpg

It's an annual or biennial weed. If I'm correct, you'll see yellow, not white, flowers.

  • Yes, it is a Potentilla, Not sure it is P. novegica. Some P. have white flowers. In any case it is a weed. May 19, 2019 at 9:08

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