Chenopodium capitatum

Chenopodium capitatum

Strawberry Blite (Chenopodium capitatum, Blitum capitatum) is an edible annual plant, also known as Blite Goosefoot, Strawberry Spinach, Indian Paint, and Indian Ink. It is native to most of North America throughout the United States and Canada, including northern areas. It is considered to be endangered in Ohio. It is also found in parts of Europe and New Zealand.

Flowers are small, pulpy, bright red and edible, resembling strawberries. The juice from the flowers was also used as a red dye by natives. Fruits are small black lens-shaped seeds 0.7-1.2 mm long. The greens are edible raw or as a potherb, but should be eaten in moderation.

Strawberry Blite is found is moist, mountain valleys.


  • USDA Plants Database
  • USDA GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
  • Global Biodiversity Information
  • Britton, Nathaniel Lord and Brown, Addison "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada, and the British Possessions", published by C. Scribner's Sons, 1913
  • United States National Museum "Contributions from the United States National Herbarium", published by Government Printing Office, 1890
  • Von Mueller, Ferdinand "Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or Naturalization", published by G.S. Davis, 1884
  • Coulter, John Merle and Nelson, Aven "New Manual of Botany of the Central Rocky Mountains (vascular Plants)", published by American Book Company, 1909

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