Do Petunias Spread OR,

Do Petunias Spread OR,

Do Petunias Spread

At this time of year they seem to be everywhere. With spring comes a blanket of green, creeping plants speckled with plump, delicious looking red berries. They look like a miniature version of strawberries. They also look like they’d be nice to eat.In the past I’d heard that wild strawberries are poisonous, but I’ve been wanting to know for sure what to tell the kids about these bright berries.


The wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) is rather small. The plant normally grows from about 2.5 to 3 inches tall, but it can grow taller. The wild strawberry is highly sought after. They are much smaller than their commercial cousin, the garden strawberry, but also much sweeter! The berry ripens around late spring to early summer in meadows, fields, lower mountain regions, wooded areas, and stream banks, and it can be found in undisturbed areas as well as urban and suburban areas.The mock strawberry plant is originally from southeastern Asia, hence its taxonomic name "indica," which means "from India." They can also be found in Japan, China, and Indonesia. They were introduced to the United States as an ornamental flower, but because of their rapid growth and expansion, they quickly became a formidable weed.

Forty-one strawberry exposures were reported. Twenty-seven cases (65.8%) involved mock strawberries. Ages ranged from 12 months to 27 years; 74% were less than 5 years of age. In 19 cases, 3 berries or fewer were ingested, with an undetermined number ingested in 8 cases. Twenty-six patients were asymptomatic initially. One child displayed hives which resolved following antihistamine therapy. Delayed symptoms were not reported as 25 patients remained asymptomatic, with two lost to follow-up. Mock.On first glance the P. indica looks like you have found yourself a brilliantly red, juicy strawberry. And that is probably the public relations problem P. indica has. It’s not what people expect so a lot of commentators dismiss it as worthless, but that’s a bit unfair. The fruit is 3.4% sugar, 1.5% protein and 1.6% ash. It has 6.3 mg of Vitamin C per 100 ml of juice. An eight-foot patch will produce about 5.5 ounces fruit annually, about the same as wild strawberries, and you can cook the leaves as a green. Some folks think the fruit has a hint of watermelon flavor. Others say it is sour so there may be some genetic diversity there, either in the plant or our taste buds. There is certainly no harm adding some of the plant to your wilderness stew. (Source: www.eattheweeds.com)



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