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field bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis L.


Convolvulus arvensis is a perennial vine. It is weak-stemmed and prostrate. Stems twine and can grow to 5 ft. (1.5 m) or longer. C. arvensis has deep, spreading roots and rhizomes. It is native to Africa, temperate and tropical Asia and Europe.
Leaves are round to arrow-shaped, 1-2.25 in. (2.5-5.7 cm) long, and alternate.
Flowering occurs in the mid-summer, when white to pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers develop. Flowers are approximately 0.75-1 in. (1.9-2.5 cm) across and are subtended by small bracts.
Fruit are light brown, rounded, and 0.13 in. (0.3 cm) wide. Each fruit contains two seeds.
Ecological Threat
C. arvensis most likely was introduced in North America as a contaminant in crop seed as early as 1739. Plants typically inhabit roadsides and grasslands and live along streams.


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EDDMapS Distribution

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Most Troublesome / Most Common Agricultural Weed List
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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Convolvulus

Other System Links

Plants: COAR4
Bayer: CONAR
GRIN: 11287
ITIS: 30705
NPDN Host: 31526

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
creeping jenny, European bindweed, morningglory, perennial morningglory, smallflowered morning glory

Related Scientific Names:

Convolvulus ambigens L.(Synonym)
Strophocaulos arvensis L.(Synonym)


Category: Vines
Category: Forbs/Herbs