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Field bindweed
Photo Credit: Nicole Kimmel, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Common Name: Field Bindweed

Scientific Name: Convolvulus arvensis

Habitat: farmland, roadsides, disturbed areas, fence lines

Provincial Designation: Noxious

Noxious weeds are plant species that are designated as "noxious weeds" in the Alberta weed regulation. Noxious weeds must be controlled, meaning their growth or spread needs to be prevented.


Field bindweed is native to Eurasia and was probably introduced to North America as a contaminant in crop seeds. The exact time of introduction is unknown, but it was an established weed in the U.S. by the early 1800s.

Legislated Because

The vines of these plants typically climb and out-shade native species. It has the ability to form dense mats in agricultural areas smothering crops and clogging harvest machinery.


The flowers of field bindweed have a distinctive funnel shape, grow up to 3 cm wide and long, and are white or pinkish in colour.

The triangular or arrowhead-shaped leaves have long stalks and grow alternately along the stem.

The stem creeps along the ground and one plant can spread up to 2 m wide.

Learn more about this species:

See Fact Sheets - Alberta Invasive Species Council

For More Information

Weed Management


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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