Herb: Field Bindweed


Latin name: Convolvulus arvensis


Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)



Medicinal use of Field Bindweed:

The root, and also a resin made from the root, is cholagogue, diuretic, laxative and strongly purgative. The dried root contains 4.9% resin. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers. A tea made from the flowers is laxative and is also used in the treatment of fevers and wounds. A cold tea made from the leaves is laxative and is also used as a wash for spider bites or taken internally to reduce excessive menstrual flow.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial Climber


Height:
2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Flovering:
June to
September


Scent:
Scented
Perennial Climber

Habitat of the herb:

Hedgerows, fields, waste places, fences etc, it can be a troublesome weed of agriculture.

Edible parts of Field Bindweed:

The plant has been used as a flavouring in a liqueur called "Noyeau". No details are given as to which part of the plant is used.

Other uses of the herb:

The stem is used as a twine for tying up plants etc. It is fairly flexible and strong but not long-lasting. A green dye is obtained from the whole plant.

Propagation of Field Bindweed:

Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe, it germinates in the autumn. This species can become a real pest in the garden so it is unwise to encourage it.

Cultivation of the herb:

Hedgerows, fields, waste places, fences etc, it can be a troublesome weed of agriculture.

Known hazards of Convolvulus arvensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.