The Wild Indian Strawberry or Mock Strawberry Plant


Mock Strawberry (also Indian Strawberry) image...

Mock Strawberry (also Indian Strawberry) image with leaves, flower, fruit show in relative scale to adult hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wild Indian Strawberry

or Mock Strawberry Plant

The Wild Indian, or Mock Strawberry, is a perennial evergreen ground cover known for its tiny red fruit, bright yellow flowers, and small green leaves. Its fruit is red and about the size of a dime, and the leaves are in groups of three.  It blooms from early spring until early fall and can grow in full sun as well as some shade.  It prefers moist soil but will thrive even in the worst conditions.  It makes a good border plant and will readily spread if given half a chance. It may even become invasive if you let it get out of hand.  Plant it along sidewalks or driveways and it will perk things up nicely.  It also makes a good groundcover to go under Roses or azaleas.  Mine are planted around my roses and azaleas and around the borders of my garden.  The continuous production of flowers and fruit throughout the summer are very pretty to see.  Another bonus is the birds and other wild life like them.  The plant requires little care, though you may want to water them on occasion.  It may die back in cold winters, but always comes back full force in the spring.

The Wild Indian Strawberry’s fruit and leaves are both edible and medicinal. Though the fruit is said to be tasteless by some, the larger ones have a flavor somewhat like watermelon according to others. The fruit is high in vitamin C and has some protein. The leaves are edible as a pot herb. The entire plant is medicinal as a blood thinner, antiseptic, purifier, and fever reducer. The herb can also be used for sore throats, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The fresh leaves can be crushed and applied externally as a medicinal poultice. It can also be used in the treatment of boils and abscesses, burns, eczema, ringworm, snake and insect bites, and other traumatic injuries. A liquid extract of the flowers is used to help the blood to circulate. The Indian Strawberry can also cure skin diseases. The Wild Indian Strawberry is being studied for its ability to stop some forms of cancer from spreading through the body and may be helpful in some immune deficiencies.

RECIPES TO TRY

Upset Stomach: Take 8 oz. of ice water and add a ¼ cup of the Wild Indian Strawberries. Blend them well in ice water for a great slush type drink. Add a sprig of mint for extra zest to the taste.

Medicinal poultice: Place the leaves and berries in a cloth. Crush them and apply directly to the wound.

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I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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2 Responses to The Wild Indian Strawberry or Mock Strawberry Plant

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