Meadow Bindweed

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Meadow Bindweed is a member of the Morning Glory or Convolvulaceae family and contains poisonous alkaloids including pseudotropine. It can be a real problem for other plants as it can outgrow most of them and takes all the nutrients, sunlight and water for itself.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Meadow Bindweed, Field Bindweed, Creeping Jenny
Scientific Name Convolvulus arvensis
Season Start Jan
Season End Dec
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

The leaves are arrow shaped with pointed ‘tails’ arranged in a spiral along the creeping, sprawling, climbing stem.

Flowers

The flowers are either pink and white striped, pictured, or plain white and shallowly trumpet shaped.

Stem

Can have a very long sprawling stem that can cover quite a distance and climb almost any obstacle.

Habitat

Field edges, hedgerows, waste ground and sides of roads spreading where it can.

Possible Confusion

The leaves look similar to Common Sorrel, pictured, but Sorrel grows in a rosette with one leaf per stem, Meadow Bindweed grows in a tangled mass spreading over some distance with many leaves on a stem.

Frequency

Very Common.

Other Facts

This bindweed is a problem for arable farmers as it is so invasive and can outgrow most species. It is also a problem for livestock causing colic like symptoms if consumed by horses.

COMMENTS

2 comments for Meadow Bindweed

  1. Colin Allen says:

    We have bindweed in abundance. It seemed to arrive in compost bags some years ago!
    Weed killer does not kill the weed neither does smothering. My cold frame has a solid impervious base and on clearing old medium there was the bindweed growing through the base . It is driving me up the wall.
    A rose I bought the other year must have had this weed hidden in the roots as the area the rose is is full of the stuff.
    HELP!!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The only way to kill bindweed is with glyphosate weed killer applied to the leaves as this will work its way down to the roots. Some glyphosates are now banned but I think some are still available in garden centres.

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