field bindweed

(Convolvulus arvensis)

Conservation Status
field bindweed
  IUCN Red List

not listed


NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable


not listed

Weed Status

Prohibited Weed Seed

County Noxious Weed in Koochiching and Waseca Counties


Field bindweed is a perennial vine that rises on multiple stems from a deep, twisting, fleshy taproot, rhizomes, and shallow lateral roots. It often forms tangled mats.

The stems are slender and usually hairless, sometimes minutely hairy. They appear 4- or 5-angled due to the twisting of the stem. They are usually awkwardly climbing over adjacent vegetation or structures (scrambling), occasionally prostrate on the ground but not rooting at the tip (trailing). The stem grows in a spiral, at least toward the tip, curving around nearby plants (twining), allowing the stem to climb.

The leaves are alternate, to 2 long, and 3 16 to 1 wide. They are on leaf stalks that are always more than, usually much more than, half as long as the midvein of the attached leaf. The leaf blade is variable in shape, triangular to oblong, often arrow-shaped. It is usually rounded, sometimes pointed, at the tip. The base is squared or heart-shaped. There are often basal lobes that are pointed, not squared or trapezoidal, and are directed outward or downward. The upper and lower surfaces may be hairless or have minute hairs. The margins are untoothed.

The inflorescence is a solitary flower or a cluster of 1 to 3 flowers rising from the leaf axils.

The flowers are funnel-shaped and ½ to 1 long and wide. They are on flower stalks up to 2 long. There are two small, 1 16 to 5 16 long, leaf-like bracts half way up the flower stalk, well below the base of the flower. There are 5 green, elliptic to almost round, to 3 16 long sepals. There are 5 white, often pinkish tinged petals fused into a funnel-shaped tube. The outer margin of the corolla is very shallowly lobed. The flowers open in the morning and close by late afternoon.

The fruit is an round to egg-shaped, 3 16 to ¼ long capsule with 2 to 4 seeds.




Trailing, ½ to 6½ long


Flower Color


White, often pinkish tinged


Similar Species


Black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) is a shorter vine, no more than 40 in length. The stems and leaves do not have a milky latex. The leaf stalk has an ocrea at the base. The flower is small, to 3 16 long, and not showy. The fruit is an achene.

Common morning-glory (Ipomoea purpurea) has rounded, heart-shaped, not triangular, arrow-shaped, leaves. The basal lobes of the leaf blade are broadly rounded, not squared off or pointed. The flower is blue to purple.

Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) is a larger plant. The leaves are larger, 2 to 4 in length. The basal lobes of the leaf blade are trapezoidal. The bracts are much larger, are positioned at the base of the flower, and usually cover the calyx. The flowers are larger, 1½ to 2¾ long and wide.

Ivy-leaved morning-glory (Ipomoea hederacea) has 3-lobed leaves. The flower is blue to purple.

Low bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea) stem is erect, does not twine, and does not get over 20 long.


Wet. Stream banks, river banks. Disturbed sites. Full to partial sun.




June to September


Pests and Diseases






Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 22, 28, 29, 30.




Native to Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, Macaronesia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Introduced and naturalized in North America.





  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Asteranae  


Solanales (nightshades, bindweeds, gooseweeds, and allies)  


Convolvulaceae (bindweed)  
  Subfamily Convolvuloideae  
  Tribe Convolvuleae  


Convolvulus (bindweeds)  

Subordinate Taxa






Convolvulus ambigens

Convolvulus incanus

Strophocaulos arvensis


Common Names


creeping Jenny

European bindweed

field bindweed


perennial morningglory

smallflowered morning glory












Modified leaf at the base of a flower stalk, flower cluster, or inflorescence.



A collective name for all of the petals of a flower.



A horizontal, usually underground stem. It serves as a reproductive structure, producing roots below and shoots above at the nodes.



Climbing awkwardly over adjacent vegetation or structures.



An outer floral leaf, usually green but sometimes colored, at the base of a flower.



Prostrate on the ground and creeping, but not rooting at the tip.



Growing in a spiral usually around a stem of another plant that serves as support.

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