In the process of pulling weeds from my strawberry garden, I discovered strange plants intermingled among the strawberry plants. When I pulled on the strangers, they came up easily, roots and all. I noticed that the leaves looked similar to the strawberry leaves, but not quite the same. When I pinched the leaves, they smelled similar to mint, but not quite (they had a chocolaty-mint scent). Help! Are they toxic, safe? What are they?
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It does look like a strawberry leaf with a little bit of a twist. It's kind of like a cross between strawberries and mint. It's all over the place where the strawberries are growing.
You may have chocolate plants mixed in. Their leaves are similar to but darker than the strawberries. They are great together.
In case you are unfamiliar with them, strawberry leaves undersides are a silvery-green.
Thank you bac2basics. I'll take a piece of the plant with me on my next trip to the nursery. And, yes, that plant is growing quickly and I'm seeing it everywhere now.
If the leaf didn't smell like chocolate, I would have guessed mint, but that chocolate scent confused me. And, now that I look around, I see it all over the strawberry garden.
Well, Faith, you have given me a lot to think about. While I knew about the chocolate mint because I had seen it at Home Depot and Lowes, I didn't know about the strawberry mint and other plants that you mentioned. Thanks so much for your answer.
cat on a soapbox, thank you for your answer. I just went out again today and new plants have sprouted up. I don't know where they came from and I can't seem to get rid of them.
Sorry, Marlene. You will need to dig deeply to remove the running roots or keep shaving the leaves w/ a hoe to starve them from sunlight. They can only survive w/ photosynthesis. Be vigilant.
On a good note, Happy Easter/Spring :)