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Feral Strawberry of Appomattox

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A low-growing groundcover that escaped from cultivation, the feral strawberries of Appomattox pose a menace to both livestock and unwary travelers. Almost every native has had the experience of reaching down for an appealingly plump berry and instead getting a nasty bite from the oversized seed-teeth. More rare is the experience of walking into a seemingly innocent clump of vegetation, and then hearing the low, ominous growls of the berries from all directions.

At least one fatality has been reported.

Herbicides are singularly ineffective against the feral strawberries--scientists cite their ability to hold their breath for up to a week--and the only sure-fire cure for an infestation is to borrow a herd of goats for a week.


I had this wee little chunk of cradled 6 x 6 clayboard, and wanted to do a miniature painting on it. The feral strawberry seemed like good scale. Since I've still got another couple of that size laying around, maybe I'll have to do a couple others. (Ravenous grapes? Savage cherries?)

Original 6 x 6 mixed media is for sale. (on 2-inch gallery cradled clayboard, can be hung as is.) Prints are available for $10 plus shipping--send a note or visit [link] for details!
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Very original art!

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I love its fangs
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TannMann64Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yet another species that uses it's looks to attract prey
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TheMrMayoHobbyist Artist
Best Strawberry Ever! :D
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This reminds me of the Shel Silverstein poem about keeping a strawberry as a pet and it becoming wild. XD I'm such a dork, lol. Here's a picture of the poem and illustration:

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3purplepebblesHobbyist General Artist
I was thinking the same?
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I am reminded of Shel Silverstein's Wild Strawberry poem
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I doubt only goats could reliably eradicate an infestation...surely, napalm would be far, far more effective.
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Hi! :wave:
This work has been featured in my journal here: [link] ! :iconyummycakeplz:
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Unoko412Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i want to eat it and run away from it at the same time
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In Soviet Russia, you don't eat the strawberries, the strawberries eat you. xD I couldn't resist.
I love it! It's really well done, you are skilled with traditional art :)
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I am suddenly reminded of a group of particularly bite-happy tubes of what is assumed to be meat that attacked a certain Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians.
for anyone who can follow this comment, congratulations, you have earned my respect. :winner:
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Rikus-last-HopeHobbyist Artisan Crafter
... Oh god... Someone did it... Bred Audry 2 to a Strawberry plant to create food that fights back!
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Love the drool XD
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This amazing piece is featured here [link] :w00t:
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GuntoThineshireStudent Traditional Artist
Cute. :D
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Floor-13Student General Artist
I LOVE your style so much :D
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KavyleHobbyist Digital Artist
I looked at this, and thought how great it would be as a Yu-Gi-Oh card.
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*pokes it with a stick* Heh, weird... But it's cute :D *feral strawberry devourers the stick* O.o Holy shiz...... *backs away*
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:la: Seriously awesome!
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*Hugs Feral Strawberry* :)

It's so cute, even if it could bite off my arm!
I love it.
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KasonSamaHobbyist General Artist
Looks tasty..I have to ask if you cook them the right way would you be able to eat them? I mean it is a strawberry even if a little feral...
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Awesomeness. I like my fruit with teeth. :)
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