E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Convolvulus arvensis L.
field bindweed (creeping jenny; European bindweed; field morning glory; morning glory; small-flowered morning glory)
Convolvulaceae (Dodder family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a widespread and deeply descending rhizome; stems trailing to somewhat twining, 0.2-2.0 m long, often forming carpets.
Stem leaves alternate, narrowly egg- to arrowhead-shaped at the base, blunt or sharp-pointed at the tip, 2-6 cm long, glabrous to sparsely hairy, stalked.
Inflorescence of 1 or 2, funnel-shaped, 15-25 mm wide, wide-mouthed flowers on erect stalks that exceed the leaves; petals white to pinkish-purple, fused, twisted in bud, pleated in flower; linear bracts midway down flowering stalks.
Capsules cone-shaped, 5-7 mm long; seeds 4 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed areas and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC, rare northward to Dawson Creek; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Convolvulus arvensis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 800 812 825
Slope Gradient (%) 40 55 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
185 225 265
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 3
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Convolvulus ambigens House
Convolvulus incanus auct. non Vahl [misapplied]
Strophocaulos arvensis (L.) Small

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