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Morning GloryConvolvulus arvensis

aka Field Bindweed

An aggressive perennial, morning glory spreads by rhizomes (creeping horizontal roots) and by creeping stems to form a dense ground cover. It can be found in orchards, fields, lawns, stream banks, lake shores, roadsides and ditches.

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Also called field bindweed, morning glory is an invasive perennial originally from Europe, North Africa and Asia. Its twining stems are 1½ to 6 feet long, and grow along the ground or up and around nearby plants and structures. Flowers are bell or funnel-shaped, white to light pink, ¾ to 1 inch in diameter.
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Leaves are arrow-shaped, with smooth edges, 1 to 2 inches long. Reproduces by seed and by rhizomes (creeping horizontal roots). Seeds can remain viable for 50 years. The long, twining stems can be a serious problem for farmers.

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[Photos, left to right: Barry Rice, sarracenia.com, Bugwood.org; Jan Samanek, State Phytosanitary Administration, Bugwood.org; K. George Beck & James Sebastian, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; K. George Beck & James Sebastian, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; Richard Old, XID Services, Inc., Bugwood.org; John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org]

 
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