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Black Bindweed

Fallopia convolvulus

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, roadsides, wasteland.

Green, 5 petals
Small clusters of greenish-pink or greenish-white flowers. The flowers appear in loose spikes borne at the leaf axils. 8 stamens. Pollinated by insects.
A 3-angled, dull black nut (achene) on stalks approximately 2mm long. The stalks are jointed above the middle.
A fast-growing annual flower, climbing or prostrate in nature with alternate, stalked, untoothed, arrow-shaped leaves. The corners of the leaves are quite pointed. The leaves are mealy beneath. Up to 6cm long and 3cm wide. Silvery sheaths are present at the leaf bases. The climbing stems twine clockwise around other plants. Similar to Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) but with more triangular-shaped leaves and rarely grows over 1 metre in size. Russian Vine grows much longer.
Other Names:
Bear-bind, Bind-corn, Climbing Bindweed, Climbing Buckwheat, Corn Bindweed, Cornbind, Devil's Tether, Field Bindweed, Wild Buckwheat, Wild Morning Glory.
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Other Information


Fallopia convolvulus is also known as field bindweed or wild morning glory. This is a perennial vine native to Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a member of the Convolvulaceae family and is closely related to plants such as morning glories and sweet potatoes. Field bindweed is characterized by its white or pink flowers and arrow-shaped leaves. It is a highly invasive plant that is often considered a weed in many parts of the world due to its ability to spread rapidly and outcompete native vegetation. Field bindweed is difficult to control due to its deep root system and can cause significant damage to crops and other plants. It is also toxic to livestock and can cause serious health issues if ingested.


Black Bindweed: An Invasive Weed That Can Be Controlled

Black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) is an invasive weed that is native to Asia but has spread to Europe, North America, and other parts of the world. It is a fast-growing vine that can grow up to six feet in a single season and its roots can reach a depth of six feet.

This weed can be found in a variety of habitats including fields, roadsides, forests, and wetlands. It is often considered a problem plant because it is difficult to control and can have a significant impact on the local environment.

Black bindweed is a persistent weed that spreads by underground roots and can form dense mats that can suppress the growth of native vegetation. It also has the ability to produce a large number of seeds, which can be dispersed by wind and water, making it even more difficult to control.

However, despite its invasive nature, black bindweed can be controlled if the right methods are used. One of the most effective ways to control this weed is through the use of herbicides. A variety of herbicides are available that are effective against black bindweed, but it is important to choose the right one for your specific situation.

Another way to control black bindweed is through manual removal. This involves pulling the weed up by its roots or cutting it down and removing the roots. It is important to remove as much of the root system as possible to prevent the weed from regrowing.

Mulching is also an effective way to control black bindweed. By placing a layer of mulch over the weed, you can suppress its growth and prevent it from spreading. Mulching also helps to improve the soil and promote the growth of native vegetation.

In conclusion, black bindweed is a persistent and invasive weed that can have a significant impact on the local environment. However, it can be controlled if the right methods are used. Whether you choose to use herbicides, manual removal, or mulching, it is important to take action to control this weed before it becomes a major problem.

In addition to the above-mentioned control methods, other effective ways to manage black bindweed include:

  1. Cultural control - By removing weeds from the area, you can create a less favorable environment for black bindweed to grow. This can be done by maintaining healthy and vigorous plants and removing any dead or diseased plant material.

  2. Biological control - Introducing natural predators to the area can be an effective way to control black bindweed. For example, using insects like the stem-boring weevil can help to reduce the population of black bindweed.

  3. Preventive measures - Preventing the spread of black bindweed can be done by avoiding its introduction to new areas. This can be done by checking plants, seeds, and soil before planting and avoiding the spread of soil and plant material from infected areas.

Regardless of the control method you choose, it is important to implement it consistently over time. Black bindweed is a persistent weed and it may take multiple treatments to fully control it.

It is also important to remember that black bindweed is not the only invasive species that can have a negative impact on the environment. There are many other invasive species that can be just as damaging, so it is important to be aware of the invasive species in your area and take action to control them.

Furthermore, it's crucial to understand the different ways in which black bindweed can spread. One way is through vegetative means, where the plant can produce new plants from its underground root system. Another way is through the production and spread of seeds. This makes it essential to take steps to control both the vegetative spread and the seed production of black bindweed.

It's also important to understand that black bindweed can be confused with other similar-looking plant species. Accurately identifying black bindweed is critical to effective management and control. Features such as its leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits can help to distinguish it from other similar-looking plants.

Another factor to consider is the timing of control efforts. Timing is crucial when controlling black bindweed, as the most effective time to treat the weed will depend on the control method being used. For example, some herbicides are most effective when applied to young plants, while others are more effective when applied to mature plants.

Finally, it's important to understand the role of a healthy and diverse ecosystem in managing black bindweed. A healthy ecosystem provides a range of natural checks and balances, making it more difficult for invasive species like black bindweed to become established and spread. Encouraging the growth of native vegetation, creating wildlife habitats, and maintaining a healthy soil structure can all contribute to a healthy and diverse ecosystem.

In conclusion, black bindweed is a persistent and invasive weed that requires a multi-faceted approach to control. Understanding the ways in which the weed spreads, accurately identifying the plant, timing control efforts correctly, and promoting a healthy and diverse ecosystem are all critical elements of a successful control program. With the right approach, it is possible to control black bindweed and protect the environment.

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