Field Bindweed

Field Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

Common Name:

Field Bindweed

Scientific Name:

Convolvulus arvensis

Alternative common names:

Akkerwinde (Afrikaans) Field bindweed (English) Bindweed, field (English)


Slender, twining herbaceous perennial with stems up to 3m long. Bright green leaves with arrow-shaped bases. Pale pink or white flowers, sometimes with red stripes, usually solitary on long stalks, from October to March. Brown capsules bearing four seeds.Invades : Roadsides, waste areas, agricultural crop lands, disturbed grasslands

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Europe & Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Throughout South Africa, mostly Gauteng.

How does it spread?

Spreads by seeds.

Why is it a problem?

Troublesome weed in cultivated lands.

What does it look like?

€¢Bark: Slender, prostrate or twining, herbaceous perennial with stems up to 3 m long and deep, spreading roots.
€¢Leaves: Arrow shaped leaves as opposed to the latter's more heart shaped leaves.
€¢Flowers: white, pink, or rarely red flowers can be solitary or in cymes of 2-3 flowers. Flowers from May to September

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornamental climber.

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