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