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see morning glorymorning glory,
common name for members of the Convolvulaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and small trees (many of them climbing forms) inhabiting warm regions, especially the tropics of America and Asia. The family is characterized by milky sap.
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Includes Morning Glory. Aggressive vine with funnel-shaped flowers with 5 fused petals. Roots and young shoots used medicinally on some types as survival food and purgative, (causing the body to purge itself), but flowers overall not recommended for consumption because of hallucinogenic compounds. Be careful with these. Some are toxic, some aren’t. Too many for this book too explain. Do research.



(1) A genus of plants(Convolvulus) of the family Convolvulaceae. The plants can be twining or nontwining herbs and shrubs. There are approximately 250 species, distributed mainly in the temperate regions. In the USSR there are 30 species. The most common is the lesser bindweed,(C. arvensis), a persistent perennial soboliferous weed with pale-rose slightly aromatic flowers. The plant grows on cultivated and fallow land, along dams, in ravines, and in other similar habitats. As green fodder bindweed is poisonous in large quantities, but it is harmless in hay. The desert species, C. divaricatus and C. erinaceus, are valuable feed plants. The species C. subhirsutus grows in the forest foothills of Middle Asia. A highly toxic plant of the Crimea, Asia Minor, and the Near East is C. scammonia.

(2) Often the name bindweed includes several species with twining stems of the genus Calystegia, which is also in the family Convolvulaceae.

(3) Sometimes bindweed refers to the South American Ipomoea of the family Convolvulaceae, as well as to the black bindweed (Polygonum convolvulus) of the family Polygonaceae. The black bindweed is a twining annual weed with small plain greenish flowers.



1. any convolvulaceous plant of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia that twines around a support
2. any of various other trailing or twining plants, such as black bindweed
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1 If bindweed has grown up into plants, cut it off at the base, leaving the rest twining around the plant.
Yet, in the midst of it all strode this lumbering monster, sucking the lifeblood out of the countries it now presided over and wrapping them like bindweed in tens of thousands of rules and regulations.
No sooner have you weeded the beds and borders during a fine spell, than you'll have to do it again following a downpour, as seedlings emerge and difficult perennial weeds such as ground elder, couch grass and bindweed do their worst, climbing up plants or spreading their underground roots so they are virtually impossible to eradicate.
Morning glory, Ipomaea species, produce those stunning blue, mauve and purple funnel shaped flowers that remind you of the pernicious weed, bindweed that scrambles through hedges with its white flowers in mid to late summer.
Dig out perennials such as dandelion, oxalis, and quack grass before they set seed; tackle bindweed by repeatedly cutting the tops back to ground level.
Adding to the potential problems from annual weeds are those that are perennial like bindweed, burdock, horsetail, knotweed, and other aggressive, highly competitive, native and exotic pests.
Bindweed is on the march - I eradicate it from established borders by training it up a 10ft tripod of bamboo canes.
Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) winds its way around the stems and leaves of everything in its path.
Equally choleric is Bindweed and Red, a densely populated expanse of appendages in gnawing chartreuse that perceptibly warps ambient light with its volatile fluorescence.
We grow--or try to grow--gourmet garlic, strawberries, asparagus, cut flowers, high-altitude vegetables, medicinal herbs, and lots of weeds (primarily wild prickly lettuce and bindweed, as of July 2005, to be updated seasonally).
4Persistent weeds such as bindweed and ground elder can be spot-treated with a selective weedkiller.