Alien Invasives

Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)


10 October 2016

Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Field Bindweed is a slender, twining herbaceous perennial with stems up to 3 metres long. The bright green leaves are arrow-shaped at the base. From October to March pale pink or white flowers, sometimes with red stripes, appear. Flowers are usually solitary on long stalks. After flowering, brown capsules form bearing four seeds.

Other names
Akkerwinde (Afrikaans)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 1b
CARA 2002 Category 1

Field Bindweed
Originally from
Europe & Asia
Where is it a problem?
Throughout South Africa but mostly Gauteng
How does it spread?
Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?
Very invasive, smothering indigenous flora. It readily invades roadsides, waste areas, agricultural crop lands and disturbed grasslands.
Planting alternatives
Canary Creeper (Senecio tamoides), Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata), Traveller’s Joy (Clematis brachiata)

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