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What Weeds Look Like Strawberry Plants?

An inexperienced gardener can become excited at the appearance of what looks like strawberry plants in the garden. Unfortunately, those “berries” might actually be weeds with a similar appearance. Not only will you get no berries, some of these weeds are actually invasive. A careful examination will soon identify the intruders.

  • Intro
  • The Shape of a Strawberry
  • The Most Common Weeds
  • Recognizing Weeds
  • Why to Eliminate These Weeds
  • How to Eliminate Weeds

The Shape of a Strawberry

Before you can identify weeds, you must know what the real thing looks like. Strawberries are perennial plants that grow in USDA Zone 3 to 11. They have basal leaves (leaves at the bottom only) composed of three leaflets to one stem. The edges are serrated. Flowers are usually white, with five to eight petals and an ivory to cream center. The fruits are easily recognizable – red and heart-shaped, with small surface seeds. The plants spread by offshoots called runners.

The Most Common Weeds

Weeds that can look like strawberries may be members of the same family or completely unrelated. Here are the once you’re most likely to see in your garden:

  • Cinquefoils, also known as the barren strawberry; inedible fruits.
  • Wild Strawberries; edible fruits but not very sweet or palatable.
  • Mock Strawberries; bland to bitter fruits.
  • Wood Strawberries; invasive but sometimes used as a groundcover.

Recognizing Weeds

Cinquefoils can be the hardest to recognize as they are very similar in appearance. However, their fruits are often rounded rather than heart-shaped. Wild strawberries have much smaller fruits than garden strawberries. True strawberries have white or pink flowers, while wild strawberry plants produce yellow flowers. Sometimes the only way to make an identification is to let them develop fruit.

Why to Eliminate These Weeds

While some people use these plants as groundcovers, most people prefer to avoid them in favor of other choices. These weeds are typically invasive – especially the mock and wood strawberries. They can easily take over a flower or garden bed by throwing out runners that root and quickly form new plants. They will also grow readily in lawns. Fragile plants can’t withstand them, although they may be all right in a shrubbery bed.

How to Eliminate Weeds

There are really only two ways to get rid of these weeds once they show up. The first is to sterilize the soil by covering it with heavy clear plastic. Pin or weight down and let the sunlight bake the plants for a week or more. Rake well, removing all debris to prevent regrowth. The second is to pull them up by hand, one plant at a time. Burn the debris. If you compost it, you may have the weeds in the compost pile.

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Strawberry like weed

Plenty of marijuana strains have names that indicate what a smoker is committing to once they take a puff. Amnesia Haze often induces a fugue that results in some trivial short-term memory loss. The strain formerly known as Gorilla Glue is stickier than bubblegum in the middle of the summer. And Wedding Cake kind of tastes like, well, a vanilla wedding cake.

But one of the first strains famous for matching its namesake with its nature is Strawberry Cough. And, as the name suggests, the real deal smells and tastes like wild strawberries.

Normally, this is the part where we briefly cover the strain’s known history. The problem with Strawberry Cough is that no one knows where it actually comes from. Its original breeder, place of origin, and even its genetics are mysteries.

According to stoner lore, legendary breeder Kyle Kushmann created it. But, he squashed that theory in a recent article. So, since there’s no way to track this strain’s chain of custody from the original mother to current-day sales, it’s possible that many of the buds being sold as “Strawberry Cough” aren’t actually what they claim to be. Regardless, if it’s labeled “Strawberry Cough,” it better remind you of that juicy, red eaterio fruit.

Strawberry Cough’s similarities to real strawberries cemented its place in stoner history with the sci-fi action-apocalypse film Children of Men. In the video clip above, Michael Caine’s character introduces the movie’s hero to his weed garden, extolling the delightful experience of coughing after taking a hit of Strawberry Cough.

“Taste it? Strawberries,” he exclaims with a chuckle. “This is Strawberry Cough!”

Nike also planned to incorporate Strawberry Cough into its line of Nike SB weed-themed sneakers. But the Strawberry Cough shoes got cashed faster than a one-hitter, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, since “coughing” now conjures images of people dying — instead of them blowing out a sweet cloud of berrified weed smoke.

What Makes Strawberry Cough So… Strawberry-y?

Smoker reports online confirm that Strawberry Cough both smells and tastes like strawberries. According to compiled lab data at Leafly, its THC levels typically hover around 17 percent, a modest amount that places this strain in the “average” potency category. Reports, generally, describe its buzz as mellow and uplifting, providing enough chill to unwind from a hectic day and enough energy to keep one from crashing out on the couch. But what makes Strawberry Cough isn’t the THC, it’s the terpenes.

Terpenes are molecules naturally produced by cannabis that give the plant its characteristic aromas and flavors. Terpenes may also affect the kinds of heady effects that consumers experience after getting lit. In Strawberry Cough’s case, its three most prominent terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

Myrcene, found in mangoes, lemon grass, and hops, contributes to weed’s earthy, fruity, and musky qualities, similar to cloves. Pinene, found in pine needles and some lime peels, smells of basil, rosemary, and, not surprisingly, pine. And caryophyllene brings the spicy scents found in black peppers.

Additionally, both Strawberry Cough and strawberry, the fruit, contain linalool, another terpene found in flowers such as lavender. The Strawberry Cough weed strain smells and tastes like strawberries because both plants produce the same aromatic chemical combinations that make up the essences of those earthly delights. So, the next time you want to give your tastebuds (and brain) a treat, get your hands on some Strawberry Cough — and enjoy!

The Strawberry Cough cannabis strain has been immortalized in pop culture, and it almost became a Nike shoe, too. But does this variety of weed actually taste like some fresh-picked berries?