Field Bindweed

Also known as:
Bindweed, Convolvulus

General description

Perennial scrambling or trailing vine. Roots are deep and rhizomatous. Leaves are linear to arrow-shaped and alternate. Flowers are funnel-shaped, < 3 cm in diameter, pink/white and usually solitary. Fruit is round, hairless, light brown and contains hard, dark seeds.

What you need to know

Although field bindweed is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Riparian margins, grasslands, pasture, crops, disturbed sites, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by birds and water. Vegetative spread from rhizomes and root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil, crops, vehicles, machinery and equipment.

Outcompetes and smothers native vegetation. Alters habitat structure. Impedes harvesting of crops.

Site Management

Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds and rhizomes

Disposal options: Small amounts can be rotted in a covered water barrel or remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 100ml glyphosate green per 1L of water
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

blue morning glory
Ipomoea indica

Blue morning glory's leaves are three lobed rather than arrow shaped.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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