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By Michelle Le Strange

Field bindweed, in my opinion, is one of the worst weeds in the world as it will entangle anything in its path.

Also known as the wild morning glory (not to be confused with the hybrid morning glory) and creeping jenny, this common drought-tolerant, hardy perennial grows a huge system of roots to support its twining leafy stems that either sprawl across the land or climb up fence posts, trees or shrubs in summer.

Mature plants have arrowhead-shaped leaves and white trumpet-shaped flowers about an inch in size. It is startling to know that its seeds can be buried in soil for more than 20 years and are still viable with the potential to produce a new plant.

However, the worst parts of bindweed are the roots and rhizomes (underground creeping stems) because small pieces can create more plants. Bindweed can easily grow roots down to 15 feet and spread 10 feet wide, but 75 percent of the underground root system is in the top 2 feet of soil...


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