What are these berries in my yard?
June 9, 2009 7:51 AM Subscribe
What's this bright magenta berry growing in my yard?
posted by MeghanC to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
Last night, my husband discovered berries growing all over our backyard. This is what they look like:
They're about the size of my thumbnail, are growing in a partly-sunny area, and are close to the ground. The berries are roughly strawberry shaped, have no odor when crushed, and are slightly pulpy inside. We're in the middle of Ohio, hardiness zone 5B.
The people who lived here before us were avid gardeners for some time, so it's possible that this is something that they had cultivated at one point.
Anyone have any idea what this is? If it's something edible, how do we best encourage it to grow? (We're okay with losing the lawn.) If it's something poisonous, what's the best way to get rid of it so that the gaggle of neighborhood children and dogs don't eat it and kill themselves?