Bindweed

What looks like a white morning glory but isn’t? Bindweed.

The common name is apt. Bindweed vines spread themselves from plant to plant binding them together. These up to 9 feet long vines are tough holding the plants firmly.

bindweed vine

Bindweed vines drape themselves over and around other plants. The upright leaves are hiding flower buds.

The roots are deep and hard to get out according to the wildflower guide so this vine must be considered a problem by many people. That wouldn’t be unusual.

Bindweed isn’t a common wildflower. It is particular where it lives liking moist soil and sun.

bindweed flower

Bindweed flowers are white with a hint of yellow deep in their throats but look for them early as they wilt be noon.

Such ground isn’t good pasture or hay ground but is often used as such. Bindweed isn’t relished by cows. It is loved by bees, bumblebees and other nectar-loving insects.

I find bindweed near springs along the road. It’s glowing white flowers are hard to miss. It isn’t the only white flower along the road.

wild potato vine flower

Wild potato vine flowers are a common sight early in the Ozark morning along country gravel roads.

More common is the wild potato vine with its larger white flowers. These flowers have purple tucked deep in their throats. Bindweed has a yellow tint but is white all the way down.

Wild potato vines often sprawl across the ground in places shaded part of the day. Its flowers are larger but just as sensitive to hot sun.

bindweed flower

Sunlight flooding into a bindweed flower makes if almost translucent.

Thanks to bindweed and wild potato vine I can enjoy morning glory flowers both in my garden and on my drive to town.