Field Bindweed – Convolvulus arvensis

Field Bindweed
Field Bindweed

Considered one of the most noxious weeds of crop lands through the temperate regions of the world; being especially problematic in cereals, beans, and potatoes. The species name ‘arvensis’ means ‘from cultivated fields’ telling of its invasive nature!

It was first documented in the United States in 1739 in Virginia; it arrived from Europe as a contaminant of farm and garden seeds.

A tea made from the flowers is a laxative, and used in the treatment of wounds and high fever. A cold tea made from the leaves is also laxative, and can be used to bath spider bites, or internally to reduce excessive bleeding during mensus.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. AH, that is what we have – even the right colors hehe! Pretty little thing, really, and too bad it can be so invasive. Still, using it medicinally is a great idea!!

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    • I would imagine…if you used careful control …. you could have it in a container garden, just make sure no cuttings hit the ground or seeds get loose! But then there is usually enough of it growing wild… :o)

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