Convolvulaceae Family:

Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) on 6-24-19, #605-4.

Convolvulaceae Juss.


The plant family Convolvulaceae was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.

As of 12-15-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 59 genera in this family. It is commonly referred to as the bindweed or morning glory family. It contains vines, trees, shrubs, and herbs. So many plants in this family are simply called Morning Glories, but I have found out it is more complex than that… 

There is always these “morning glories” growing in the garden so I thought I would get a positive ID. I figured they were common old morning glories… As it turned out, they were Ampelamus laevis (Honey-Vine Climbing Milkweed). A member of the Milkweed family Apocynaceae… It pays to have a closer look…

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. You can click on the plant’s name in the caption under the photos to go to their page.


Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed) on 8-9-21, #823-8.

I spotted several Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed) growing on the blackberry briars along the edge of the south hayfield in 2021. I didn’t get photos of their open flowers because they were already closed by the time I made frequent trips to the area. There are several subspecies of Calystegia sepium and the taxon is controversial… This species has a very long list of common names including Appalachia False Bindweed, Bearbind, Bellbind, Bingham’s False Bindweed, Bracted Bindweed, Bugle Vine, Devil’s Guts, Great Bindweed, Granny-Pop-Out-Of-Bed, Heavenly Trumpets, Hedgebell, Hedge Bindweed, Hedge False Bindweed, Large Bindweed, Old Man’s Nightcap,  Rutland Beauty, Wild Morning Glory, and probably many more…


Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) on 6-24-19, #605-7.

I found a few Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) in a friend’s pasture in 2019… This one has 39 synonyms…


Cuscuta sp. (Dodder, etc.) on 9-18-19, #634-21.

I found this weird plant growing on a few other plants along the edge of the pond in the back pasture in 2019. I uploaded photos on iNaturalist and the suggested species were Cuscata gronovii and Cuscata campestris. I am not sure which species it is and I haven’t seen it since… For now, it’s page is just Cuscata sp. (Dodder)Cuscata species are parasitic plants that feed off of other plants because they don’t produce chlorophyll…


Dichondra carolinensis (Carolina Ponysfoot) growing in the planter with the Tall Trailing Nasturtiums in 9-23-10, #60-9.

When I was living in Mississippi, one year these plants I identified as Dichondra carolinensis (Carolina Ponysfoot) showed up. First, they started growing in the pot with the Aloe maculata then spread to others. Heck, it was growing on the ground like a ground cover… Well, that was in 2010 and after that it completely disappeared… I thought it was kind of neat and many people like it as a grass substitute.


Ipomoea hederacea (Ivy-Leaved Morning Glory) on 10-27-21, #843-23.

I was walking across the south hayfield on 10-27-21 and I noticed several morning glories blooming and sprawling across the ground. I took photos and uploaded them on iNaturalist. As it turns out, the species is Ipomoea hederacea (Ivy-Leaved Morning Glory).


That’s all I have for the plant family Convolvulaceae for now. I am sure there will be more in the future…

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