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Pest Information

Fringed Black Bindweed

Fringed Black Bindweed

  • Latin Name: Polygonum Cilinode
  • Common Name: Fringed Black Bindweed
  • Other Names: Fringed bindweed, black-fringe bindweed

Pest Details

Fringed Black Bindweed
Fringed Black Bindweed

Origin:

A native vine found in the states east of the Mississippi and in Minnesota, but not generally in the extreme southern states.

Biology:

Considered an endangered plant in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, but a very common and somewhat invasive roadside and forest plant in some other areas. A perennial plant that grows vine-like over the soil or over other vegetation, often to the point of covering other plants.

Identification:

This vine is found in forested environments. The reddish stems are weak and twining and may be many feet in length. Leaves are distinctly heart shaped, shiny green to yellow-green, and up to 3 inches in length. The flowers are borne in elongated clusters about 3 to 4 inches in length, on stalks that arise from the base of the leaves. Each flower is white and small, with 5 rounded petals.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Normally these plants occur in habitats where they are not a noxious problem, and control will not be needed. If they do occur where not wanted a systemic herbicide will be effective, but the application would need to avoid other vegetation on which the vines grow.

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