Convolvulus arvensis-Field Bindweed

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

Field Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

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Synonyms of Convolvulus arvensisConvolvulus ambigens House, Convolvulus arvensis subsp. crispatus Franco, Convolvulus arvensis f. decarrhabdotus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. decemvulnerus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. hastulatus Meisn., Convolvulus arvensis f. notatus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. pallidinotatus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. pallidiroseus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. parvifolius Choisy, Convolvulus arvensis f. pentarrhabdotus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. pentastictus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. perroseus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis f. quinquevulnerus P.D.Sell, Convolvulus arvensis var. villosus Choisy, Convolvulus auriculatus Desr., Convolvulus cherleri C.Agardh ex Roem. & Schult., Convolvulus cirrhosus R.Br., Convolvulus corsicus Roem. & Schult., Convolvulus europaeus Barb.-Gamp., Convolvulus hastatus Forssk., Convolvulus hastifolius Poir., Convolvulus incanus var. glabratus Farw., Convolvulus mahur Buch.-Ham. ex Wall., Convolvulus malcolmii Roxb., Convolvulus minor Gilib., Convolvulus prostratus F.W.Schmidt, Convolvulus quinquelobus Lindem., Convolvulus sagittatus Dulac, Convolvulus sagittifolius Fisch. ex Choisy, Convolvulus sagittifolius Salisb., Convolvulus segobricencis Pau, Pantocsekia illyrica Griseb., Strophocaulos arvensis (L.) Small

Convolvulus arvensis L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Field Bindweed. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl Linnaeus in the first volume of first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 201 accepted species in the Convolvulus genus. They are members of the Convolvulaceae family along with 59 other genera. Those are the figures as of 2-10-20 when I am updating this page but those numbers can change.


Distribution map for Convolvulus arvensis from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved on February 10, 2020.

Convolvulus arvensis is very widespread as you can see by the above map from Plants of the World Online, by permission. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple is where it has been introduced. It could be more widespread but may have not been reported.

Please be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page for further reading and positive ID.


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

One of the many plants I haven’t encountered before on my farm is the Convolvulus arvensis commonly known as the Field Bindweed. There were several flowering in the front area of a friends pasture with white flowers with five pale pink stripes. I saw one on the west side with all white flowers and information on Midwest Weeds and Wildflowers says they are commonly all-white or mostly pink. There are five pink bracts on the underside of the flowers which may be why the flowers appeared to have pink stripes. The bracts on the underside of the flower distinguish it from the Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium). Their roots can grow from 8 to 30 feet deep with stems up to 9 feet long. Their roots can send up many shoots and a group of these can spread up to 20′ per year. They produce LOTS of seeds which are viable for up to 30 years!


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

The leaves kind of reminded me of small Morning Glories.


Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) on 6-24-19, #605-8.

From the underside, you can see the five pink bracts.


Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) on 7-25-19, #606-21.

In another area, there were plants with white flowers.

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