Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)
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|Family:||Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory)|
|Habitat:||sun; fields, waste areas|
|Bloom season:||June - September|
|Plant height:||1 to 6 foot vine|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||none|
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1 to 2-inch across, stalked, funnel-shaped flower, with 1 to 4 flowers arising from the leaf axils. Each flower is 5 petals fused together with a spot of yellow at the throat; petal color is white to pink. A flower lasts only 1 day, opening on sunny mornings and closing in the afternoon.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are 1 to 2 inches long and up to 1 inch across with smooth edges, alternately attached. Leaves are typically arrowhead-shaped with a pointed tip, but are somewhat variable. This vine lacks tendrils, so the stem wraps around other plants for support.
Similar to Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium), but with smaller flowers and leaves. Field Bindweed is usually found creeping along the ground but may climb fences or other plants. It can form large mats from its spreading root system and is on the noxious weed list for some Minnesota counties.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Long Lake Regional Park, Ramsey County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Goodhue County.
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