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Common Name: Field Bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis is a Perennial Climber up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Throughout the temperate regions of both Hemishperes, including Britain.
Hedgerows, fields, waste places, fences etc[
], it can be a troublesome weed of agriculture.
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Self
Prefers a lighter basic soil[
] of low to medium fertility[
Bindweed is a very deep-rooting plant with a vigorous root system that extends to a considerable distance and is very hard to eradicate from the soil. Even a small piece of the root will grow into a new plant if it is left in the ground. Once established this plant soon becomes a pernicious weed[
]. It is a climbing plant that supports itself by twining around any support it can find and can soon swamp and strangle other plants[
The flowers close at night and also during rainy weather[
]. Although visited by numerous insects, the flowers seldom set fertile seed[
]. On sunny days the flowers diffuse a scent of heliotrope[
The plant harbours tobacco mosaic virus of the Solanaceae[
] and so should not be grown near potatoes, tomatoes and other members of that family.
The plant has been used as a flavouring in a liqueur called 'Noyeau'[
]. No details are given as to which part of the plant is used[
The root, and also a resin made from the root, is cholagogue, diuretic, laxative and strongly purgative[
, 7. 9. 13,
]. The dried root contains 4.9% resin[
]. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers[
A tea made from the flowers is laxative and is also used in the treatment of fevers and wounds[
A cold tea made from the leaves is laxative and is also used as a wash for spider bites or taken internally to reduce excessive menstrual flow[
The stem is used as a twine for tying up plants etc[
]. It is fairly flexible and strong but not long-lasting.
A green dye is obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe, it germinates in the autumn[
]. This species can become a real pest in the garden so it is unwise to encourage it.