Scientific NameConvolvulus arvensis
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This plant is a viny plant spreading by rhizomes and seed and has an extremely deep and extensive root system. Stems usually trail along the ground or climb foliage and other structures.
The hairless leaves are entire and shaped like arrowheads with rounded tips. They are arrange alternate each other on petioles. Foliage is usually 2 to 6 cm (20-60mm) long and 3 cm (30mm) and hairless, while the stems have very fine hairs.
This plant can be distinguished by its white funnel shaped flowers, climbing stems and arrowhead-shaped leaves with some what rounded tips. It gets its name by climbing all the plants in a given area and binding them together; reducing yields.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers are similar to those of morning-glory, funnel shaped and white to pink in color having 5 united petals. Flowers usually measure 2-3 cm across and are found in clusters of 1-4 in the leaf axils. The bracts are much smaller than those of hedge bindweed.
Fruit are 3 mm long egg-shaped capsules containing 1-4 grayish brown 3 sided seeds.
Found throughout Canada and the northern United States. This plant is a problem for row crops, orchards, and fence rows.
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf,
longer than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval