At 16% protein, it is the equivalent of supplements that cattle producers are sold to increase weight gain to as much as 2.2 pounds per day. Large amounts can cause stomach pain. You should too! When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers. This was 20 years ago, and I haven’t run into her since, but I consider her to be a reliable source of info. The plant can spread 10 to 18 feet through its roots each year. I am lucky that our cows often choose to eat what I consildered weeds while row cropping when moved to new slice of grass. Have you personally eaten it? Repeated cultivations, up to 25 over a period of 2-3 years, may eradicate the weed. Bindweed Health Benefits, Properties, and Uses Scientific Name: Convolulus arvensis Common Names: chardvel; creeping jenny; European bindweed; field bindweed; lesser bindweed My husband and I went for a drive to look for wild roses for our garden and I came across this plant and instantly fell in love. You only have to do it once, and you’re done. Obviously, there are many that are safe to eat. It originated in Eurasia and was introduced into the United States as a contaminant in farm and garden seeds in the mid-1700s. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. See all those white flowers in the green mass on the left side of the fence? She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. The plant is native to Europe and Asia and was introduced to North America during colonial times. Family: Convolvulaceae. 3 The seeds are boiled in onion and tomato and then fried in oil before being eaten. (2017) Wild Food Plants Gathered in the Upper Pisuerga River Basin, Palencia, Spain. I hope you’ll see, as I do, that having something so resilient could be beneficial. It is considered noxious because it can severely reduce yield, and spreads easily. ← PREVIOUS ARTICLEUpdates on Projects to Manage Weeds and Turn a Dying Timber Stand Into Pasture. 7, In Turkey, they cook the leaves in with other vegetables. Although it may have medicinal value, field bindweed is mildly toxic. Its funnel-shaped flowers may be pink, white, or pink-and-white striped, and are sweet-scented, unlike the larger kinds of bindweed. “Wild asparagus” is afaik typically the wild variety of hop (lupolo? And please don’t try and get reliable information from social media! One of their favorite forages was field bindweed. I havn’t. That means that over-consumption can cause gastritis or colic in horses. It is spread by animals, drainage water and machinery, as well as a contaminant of crop seed. I haven’t tried it myself, but it might be worth a go. (2013) Wild Food Plants Used in the Villages of the Lake Vrana Nature Park (northern Dalmatia, Croatia). Admittedly I have found nothing on Convolvulus, but I suspect this means that nobody has looked, not that there is none. Field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis, is a pretty, white-flowering climber loved by butterflies.However, it’s a pernicious weed that will smother anything in its path, and will quickly take over beds, borders, walls and fences unless kept in check. I greatly appreciate what you and your contributors have taught me in a few short years. I’ll take Japanese Knotweed any day of the week over this stuff1 (That one is a hugely useful and delicious plant – despite bad rap in UK). Here’s one of the most recent: How to Teach Cows to Eat Weeds in Just 8 Hours Over 7 Days. Half were trained to eat diffuse knapweed and yellow toadflax and I wanted to see how quickly the untrained cows and calves learned from them. Hedge bindweed or bellbind ( Calystegia sepium ) with its pure white trumpet flowers is a familiar sight, choking plants in borders and twining around any plant shoot or cane. Once cultivated, the plant will regenerate its shoot system in about 3 weeks. Greater bindweed may be UNSAFE due to its strong laxative effects. It can provide a huge amount of forage since it can spread so quickly. Thank you again, George. The optimum interval between cultivations is considered to be 12 days after regenerating shoots emerge, the longer the interval the more prolonged the period before control is achieved. I love most weeds. It is a ground cover over bare ground or short grass and a climber where there is competition. My Chinese neighbor grows the bindweed in raised beds . But I kid you not. There are even people deliberately giving false information, that could actually get someone killed. Field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis, is a native of Eurasia that first was documented in California in 1884 in San Diego. Bindweed History. Description: Creeping vine with sharp-lobed, arrow-shaped leaves. Hi Kathy, I often think of your articles, teach live stock to eat weeds, when walking through the pasture. Chara Field bindweed is difficult to manage, with very deep taproots and extensive rhizomes. Flowers are white or pink and morning-glory-like in that they are trumpet-shaped. We then preserve it in olive oil. . I’ve read that it’s extremely aggressive, so I’m thinking about going a ways into our woods to plant it as opposed to putting it in the garden. linearifolius. Re the wild asparagus, I grew up in the countryside in the South of France and we used to pick these for Mum to make into a delicious omelette – we always found them at the base of olive trees: lovely thin, tall, tender asparagus . That June and July were two of the wettest months in history and the pasture’s grasses rebounded and forbs went wild. No one in my family who has eaten it over a long period of time has ever encountered any health issues and it is one of my favourite wild edibles, I just wondered whether there’s a chance that it’s just a completely misunderstood plant? Convolvulus arvensis var. Cultivation works with persistence and dedication. And could be cooked twice and preserved in oil for adding to a meal? It is a nitrate accumulator so animals need to have a variety of forages available to mix a safe diet. It takes just 8 hours spread over 7 days. Edited by Thomas J. Elpel About Field Bindweed: Field bindweed is a creeping vine. Bindweed contains several alkaloids, including pseudotropine, and lesser amounts of tropine, tropinone, and meso-cuscohygrine. 2, In Spain, in the regions of South Eastern Albacete and South Central Jaen, the flowers are sucked for their honey-like nectar. ... Calystegia sepium, rather than field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis, as an earlier version had. I’ve written lots of On Pasture articles about training livestock to eat weeds to help you get started. Field Bindweed = 2.2 Pounds of Gain per Day. Several decades of research at Utah State University found that animals learn what to eat based on what they learn from their mothers and from their own experience with the nutritional feedback from foods. By Kathy Voth  /  June 15, 2020  /  1 Comment. What makes this so difficult to control is its vigorous horizontal stems and root system. We grow for herbalists, but they’ve never heard of it used in therapeutic practice and don’t need it for tincturing. Not only did trainees teach herd mates to eat weeds in less than a day, they also showed me that grass may not always be a cow’s first or best choice! One of their favorite forages was field bindweed. Borage and comfrey are classic examples of this. Field bindweed, also called perennial morning glory, has the scientific name of Convolvulus arvensis and is widely considered to be one of the most invasive and destructive weeds in cropland and gardens. Common name(s): Field bindweed, creeping Jenny, wild morning glory Scientific name: Convolvulus arvensis Family: Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae) Reasons for concern: Due to the extensive root system that runs deep and wide in the soil, this plant is one of the most tenacious weeds in fields, landscapes, and gardens. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take greater bindweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.It can act as a strong laxative, and this might be harmful. It is a very hardy perennial broad-leafed weed that requires plenty of chemical and correct timing to have any success at control. Field bindweed is a perennial vine (0.4 – 2 inches in height) arising from deep, persistent, spreading roots. Mowing and fire do not slow it down either. Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) Control with Various Herbicide Combinations - Volume 6 Issue 4 - Philip Westra, Philip Chapman, Phillip W. Stahlman, Stephen D. Miller, Peter K. Fay The funnelform flowers are normally white, but occassionally light pink varieties occur. But it didn’t look bad to my herd. Heavy infestation have been known to reduce crop yield by 30-50%: How to Control: Integrated weed management: Field bindweed is very difficult to control. Jolly rancher used to be a candy enjoyed by all, now jolly rancher is a description of our life with cows. Have you ever tried using it yourself? It is my understanding that in Italy “wild asparagus” is usually Asparagus acutifolius. That is another reason why bindweed is unpopular along the Front Range. I collected samples of the plants and plant parts cattle were eating and avoiding. That’s bindweed. Flowers present June through September. We’re trying to root a small cutting as the actual roots were impossible to get to. It looked so bad from our accepted pasture paradigm that I nicknamed it the “garbage area.”. I haven’t tried eating it. Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Grazing Questions, Microbes Can Unlock Soil Phosphorus to Enhance Plant Growth. Burdock – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It is definitely bindweed, hedge (Calystegia sepium) rather than field that we have been eating for years, I have a couple jars of it in my fridge as we speak! They dined on common ragweed, wormwood sagewort, wild licorice, assorted chinopodiums, Missouri goldenrod, and more. They are dexter cross and do spend a lot of time teaching young what to eat, when they are not busy running and bouncing. Is it safe to eat / toxic at all? We’d be willing to find any use for it other than the landfill. It was clear that the weed was doing it’s job, as the whole herd was sleek and fat. But from your response I feel that there may be some controversy surrounding the plant and I really don’t know enough about it to be advocating its use, I guess I can take my own risks but obviously I don’t want to harm anyone else. It’s high in protein – capable of adding 2.2 pounds of gain per day – and spreads 10 to 18 feet a season, AND cows love it. Just because a plant was used in the past as food does not mean that it is safe to eat. Thanks for this great resource. By the first quarter of the twentieth century, field bindweed was proclaimed the worst weed in California and many other Western states. They are not eaten. Pal Murugan, M. et al. arvensis.Leaves broader. Put bindweed in your own bin and it will just have a field day. WARNING: Very experimental, tread cautiously. Protein values for their preferred weeds ranged from 12 to 22%. Tender young leaves and shoots are boiled and washed extremely well with water before being mixed with curd in a dish called tangthour. 8 In Palencia, the leaves are boiled before being added to salad. 5, In China tender young rhizomes with a few young leaves are gathered from sorghum fields in early spring, then mixed with cracked wheat and ground beans and made into a thin gruel. 6, In Poland at the end of the 19th-century young shoots were gathered and boiled, then fried with butter, cream, flour or eggs. Field bindweed often responds to injury by producing more shoots than were originally cut back. It was thickest around abandoned prairie dog burrows, and the herd moved from one to the next, grazing the vines down to the ground and leaving bare areas that reminded me of flying saucer landing zones from old science fiction movies. Convolvulus arvensis var. But when you see a warning on these plant profiles like this it is for a reason, consume at your own risk. The seeds will be with us for our lifetime and can germinate whether it’s hot or cold! Scientific name:  Convolvulus arvensis L. Family:  Convolvulaceae (Morningglory family). We boil it twice- once with vinegar, salt and a little sugar to counteract the bitterness, drain it and then boil it again in salted water. As is turns out field bindweed—also known as morning glory—is a Class-C noxious weed in Washington. I have about 3 kg of fat white bindweed roots and am trying to find out if they are edible or should only be used in small quantities as medicinal and for what treatment- So its diuretic and laxative? Thus, to kill the field bindweed that has already grown out of control, you can make use of these insects. Alkaloids found in field bindweed are mildly toxic to certain types of livestock and cause digestive disturbances. Field bindweed control. When consumed, these toxins can cause disruptions to your horse’s digestive and nervous systems, often seen as a progressive weight loss and colic. It’s sad that people are trying to sabotage the foraging community as amongst the false information, there is quite a lot of useful information that just isn’t in books. Insects, like bindweed moths and mites, which feed on bindweed vines, are found in large numbers in eastern parts of Europe, thereby ensuring that the beautiful gardens are protected from the relentless vines of this weed. ; You have a wound or injury that is healing: Field bindweed extracts may interfere with wound healing. 4, In Ladakh, the leaves are eaten raw as well as cooked. (2010) Phytofoods of Nubra Valley, Ladakh –the Cold Desert. A Field bindweed plant can produce up to 600 seeds per year, which 90% are viable. On the right, it’s been completely grazed down. I read somewhere that a tea is made from the flowers to help calm the nerves. It also contains alkaloids that affect smooth muscles – those involuntary muscles in the gut and around other organs that help them do their jobs. Field Bindweed is one of the most difficult to control weeds once it has invaded agricultural crops and landscapes. When they came to grassy areas of blue grama, big bluestem, western wheatgrass and brome, cows grabbed a few bites then quickly moved on to graze prostrate pigweed, cutleaf nightshade, Russian thistle and fetid marigold. In his recent BeefWatch piece, Gary Stone points out all the attributes that make bindweed so tough and difficult to eradicate. With so much misinformation doing the rounds online. High seed production, long-lived seed banks, and the ability to regenerate from root fragments make control difficult. Field Bindweed is a trailing or creeping plant, occasionally climbing up to 2m. thanks! Field bindweed is a strong competitor for moisture. I’ve done extensive research on the internet and various social media sites and there is absolutely no literature that I can come across about the culinary uses of it! Hi Francesca – Common names are not good to use, hence why using the botanical name means we are both talking the correct plant. Luczaj, L. et al. Some of the Indigenous Peoples of Australia would harvest blushing bindweed roots and crush them for flour to make dough with. Tardío, J. et al. 1, Ace! We have fields of bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) and I won’t compost it or even take it to green waste – it’s such an invasive plant and every bit of root needs to be discarded. Field bindweed is a difficult, noxious weed, but it can be managed organically. Field bindweed seeds may have greater longevity than has been reported.) I shall definitely try sucking the honey from the next flowers I find! She cooks it for two minutes. Traditional Methods for Controlling Field Bindweed Field Bindweed or wild Morning Glory can be a most difficult weed to get the upper hand on. It has been reported in every state in the United States and is a noxious weed in 22 states. Field bindweed reproduces by seeds and regenerates new plants from adventitious buds on roots and rhizomes. Day after day, I followed the herd as they grazed a 500-acre pasture, near Boulder, Colorado. It is definitely bindweed, hedge (Calystegia sepium) rather than field that we have been eating for years, I have a couple jars of it in my fridge as we speak! That would put me more at ease. As you read his description, instead of thinking of this plant as a problem, think of it as a potential forage. The smaller field bindweed ( Convolvulus arvensis ) with white or pink flowers is problematic in long grass and bare soil. She wrote “Here is an article about the distribution of ergot-alkaloids in different plant parts of several Ipomoea species, comparing untreated with fungicide-treated seeds to try to figure out how much was due to the plant (answer = probably some) and how much to the fungus (answer = more). Seed is dispersed by movement of affected soil, wildlife, harvest equipment and harvested crops. The strange thing is that my parents swear that they saw it for sale in Lakelands about 10 years ago marketed as ‘wild asparagus’ in olive oil, selling for around £7 a jar. She sautés It in olive oil and sprinkles salt on it. So, here we have a plant that can spread via roots and seeds. The petiole of field bindweed is parallel to the blade, whereas on hedge bindweed the petiole comes off below the blade. Sounds dramatic right? Location: Found in fields and waste places. Field bindweed, also known as creeping jenny, perennial morning glory, sheepbine, or just bindweed, is a creeping vine that contains toxic alkaloids. If you’re an On Pasture paying subscriber, you can access bonus content that includes a list of over 100 weeds and whether or not livestock can eat them, a training recipe that you can adapt to whatever weed you’d like, and a report I wrote on how to manage your livestock to meet your weed management goals. Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) Morning Glory FamilyBy Pamela G. Sherman. It strangles out our vegetables. It was first recorded in Virginia in 1739. field_bindweed_rife_machine. Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed) is a species of bindweed that is rhizomatous and is in the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae), native to Europe and Asia.It is a climbing or creeping herbaceous perennial plant growing to 0.5–2 m high. Roots can grow to a depth of 20 feet in the soil, but 90% of the plant’s roots are generally in the top foot of soil. I used this research to create a method anyone can use to teach their livestock to eat weeds.