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Field bindweed

Field bindweed - (Convolvulus arvensis)


Field Bindweed


Identification: Field bindweed is a creeping perennial from Europe. A member of the Morningglory family, it reproduces not only by seed but by its horizontal roots as well. The root system and rhizomes are extensive, white in color, and fleshy.

Field bindweed stems are prostrate (grows low to the ground) and twining, smooth, and can grow up to 6 feet long. Leaves are 1 to 2 inches long and are distinguishable by their arrow-head shape.Bindweed Leaf

 

 

Flowers are rounded and white to pale pink in color. The flowers are about ¾ to 1 inch broad. Seeds are pearl-shaped, dull, and brown in color. One plant can produce anywhere between 30 and 200 seeds, the number produced is variable on environmental conditions.

Seed viability can be retained over a period of at least 30 to 40 years in the soil. Field bindweed is well adapted to Adams County and is widespread. It is extensively found in pastures, lawns, gardens, cultivated fields, waste areas, roadsides, and rangelands. Field bindweed thrives on disturbance, especially cultivation and/or overgrazing.

Field bindweed is designated as a “List C” species on the Colorado Noxious Weed Act. It is required to be either eradicated, contained, or suppressed depending on the local jursidictions managing this species.

 

 


 

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