Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

photograph of Field Bindweed

This attractive "weed" was photographed outside my North Birmingham home, on 30 June 2001. I used a Fuji FinePix 4700 Zoom digital camera (on the "macro" setting), handheld. It was growing in a cut-out in the pavement, where a tree had formerly been.

The flowers have an attractive pink blush, in broad stripes up the petals. Note the arrangement of the leaves, on long, creeping stems (a bit like an Ajuga, but flatter to the ground); also the darker pink of the spent flowers.

The plant is also known as "Gravel Bind". Thanks to my friends on uk.rec.gardening for the identification.


I also scanned one of the flowers.


scan of Field Bindweed

This is a truer representation of the colour. I peeled way half of the flower, which was about 2cm across.



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Last updated 1 July 2001.