field bindweed

Solanales > Convolvulaceae > Convolvulus arvensis L.
Synonym(s): creeping jenny, European bindweed, morningglory, perennial morningglory, smallflowered morning glory

Field bindweed is a perennial vine native to Eurasia. 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 1/8 in. (0.3 cm) wide. Each fruit contains 2 seeds that are eaten by birds and can remain viable in the soil for decades. Field bindweed, most likely, was introduced into North America as a contaminant in crop seed as early as 1739. Plants typically inhabit roadsides, grasslands and also along streams.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Plant(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower
Tom Heutte, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Infestation; 15 miles east of Melville
Norman E. Rees, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); In barley
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Invasive plants and vines such as field bindweed interfere with harvesting and often clog equipment such as this combine.
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Diagram or Graphic; Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 47.
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Diagram or Graphic; Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 47.
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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  • Invasive Plants: Western North America
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest


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