Field Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis
Family: Convolvulaceae

Growth Habit: Bindweed grows long tangling stems, which can cover 2m in diameter. The leaves are alternate and are triangular in shape. Main growth is during spring to summer.

Type of Plant: Bindweed is a perennial, creeping vine.

Flowers: The flowers can be white or pinkish.

Fruit/Seed: Seeds are produced in a pointed capsule.

Dispersal: Bindweed reproduces by seed, which germinate in autumn and winter. Soil movement and water mainly disperse seed.

Distribution: Bindweed is found in gardens, run down pastures, many crops, vineyards and waste places.

Status: Undeclared in Tasmania.

 

Weed Impact:

  • Bindweed can be a very competitive plant in many crops and vineyards, where it reduces production and interferes with harvesting.

Control Methods:

  • Grubbing (all year). Isolated plants may be manually removed with a fork or similar tool.
  • Herbicide (summer, spring and autumn). Herbicides registered in Tasmania include MCPA, triclopyr and glyphosate. If the bindweed is in a crop, consult the D.P.I.W.E. for more specific information.

N.B. Always check the herbicide label before use.

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