Description Also known as Field Bindweed, this wildflower is in the Morning Glory family.The stems of this twining vine twist from right to left.It is an introduced perennial vine or herb; thin twining or sprawling stems; thin stems; often forming tangled mats; deeply taprooted.Stems sre 2-4 ft long or more; mats to 2 in high.The leaves are alternate, narrowly triangular to arrowhead-shaped or ovate, 1-2 in long, 0.5-1 in wide.The flowers are a funnel, white to pink, sometimes purplish near the margins, 0.6-1.2 in long, to 1 in wide; usually solitary, sometimes 2-3 flowerheads per stalk; persisting for one day, closing at night.The fruit is a capsule, smooth, globular, 0.25 in long.It flowers May to October, in rich, sandy or gravelly soils: roadsides, railroads, gardens, fields (especially in dry farming areas), disturbed sites. Because of its ability to adapt to environmental conditions, may be found at altitudes as high as 10,000'.Range Native to Mediterranean Europe; introduced around 1735 as an ornamental and for medicinal use; escaped and naturalized throughout North America and Hawaii, except for the far north.Also called field bindweed, European bindweed, creeping jenny, perennial morning glory, small-flowered morning glory, European morning glory, orchard morning glory, creeping charlie, corn bind, etc. Considered weedy or invasive in most locations; listed as noxious or prohibited in 22 states. Described byBindweed can pose a threat to native plant communities because of its high capacity for germination and its resistance to eradication. High rate of seed production and long-term seed viability allow this plant to spread and persist. Field bindweed is also tolerant of a variety of environmental conditions which makes it highly competitive for resources. Due to bindweed's extensive root system, it is capable of rapidly colonizing areas and is difficult to eliminate.Photographed on a back country road in Sullivan County, New York, USA
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