BACKGROUND: This European native reproduces from both seed and rootstock. Seeds may remain viable in the soil for up to 50 years. It grows in fields, pastures, gardens, road sides and many other areas. It may be found in areas up to 10,000 feet in elevation.
DESCRIPTION: Field bindweed is a creeping herbaceous perennial with twisting stems up to 6 feet long, growing prostrate, or it may climb nearby vegetation. The root system may grow to a depth of 10 feet or more. Arrow shaped leaves are up to 2 inches long. Flowers are funnel-shaped, white to pink and 1 inch wide. Fruit is teardrop-shaped. Bloom is from June through September.
CONTROL: Biocontrol is available. Several herbicides offer good control when applied from late spring to the killing frost.