If the morning glory is actually a hedge bindweed, then it might kill your plant. It forms an extensive root system, often climbing or forming dense tangled mats. The stem grows rapidly and twines around other plants as it elongates. The easiest way to distinguish one species from the other is to look at the flowers. T HIS WAS A NEW ONE on me this year, a perennial climber with impressive towering ambitions. Field bindweed leaf and flower (notice green flower bracts at the base of the flower) The job becomes harder if a person has a large area to inspect. At one point the narrator says that the plant should be eaten in small quantities because it's a purgative (laxative). I've seen it climb a hundred foot cedar with no problem. Thanks for the comment and the votes, Tom. It is often a weed of gardens where it climbs over fruit trees, vegetable crops and herbaceous plants. Once hedge bindweed becomes established in an area, it's very hard to remove. Originally from Europe and Eurasia, field bindweed was first detected in the United States as early as 1739 in Virginia. The seeds can survive for years in the soil, and small pieces of root or rhizome can produce new shoots. An invasive from Eurasia, field bindweed is one of the most persistent and difficult to control weeds. Climbing and twisting through hedgerows, woodlands, ditches and riverbanks, the white flowers of Hedge bindweed are a familiar sight for many of us. I always pause to look at the plant's flowers when I discover them on a walk, though. Bindweed is considered a dangerous invasive herb in many parts of the United States. Frequent inspection of an area and dealing with "outbreaks" as soon as they're seen can enable someone to stay in control, however, as I know from experience. Cutting the vine as soon as it appears above the soil will weaken the bindweed and stop it from surrounding desirable plants. In the summer, it produces large, trumpet shaped flowers that are white in colour and very beautiful. hedgebell. A very invasive, non-native plant which is illegal to grow or cause the growth of. only in your garden and not coming from an outside source, there is a very good possibility you can eventually eradicate this invader. My morning glorys must be a different type as they do not grow from rhizomes. Once established, field bindweed is nearly impossible to fully eradicate. Hedge Bindweed is often seen climbing up shrubs, fences and in open fields. Its edible root is starchy, sweet, and nutritious. Calystegia sepium Hedge false bindweed. It eventually forms dense, leafy tangles that are difficult to remove and can interfere with the growth of the encircled plants. Subspecies sepium is widespread and native in hedges, the edge of woods and in gardens. Some of these are popular garden plants and often have the term "morning glory" in their name. All the best from the riverbank, Jen. There are two leafy bracts at the base of the flower, which cover the sepals. Common Invasive Species: Himalayan Blackberry ( Rubus armeniacus, R. procerus, R. discolor ): Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 21, 2014: Yes, I agree, ologsinquito. These are very invasive species. At Plews, we generally categorise a weed as being an invasive plant in the wrong place. This should eventually starve the plant, since its leaves can't make new food and the root will run out of stored food. It's important to be vigilant and remove any young bindweed that emerges from the soil. What is Bindweed? devil's guts. Hedge Bindweed Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) looks very similar to field bindweed, but its flowers and foliage are larger. I really enjoy them. Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 29, 2017: Hmmm...I just bought some Blue Morning Glory seeds to plant in front of an ugly wire fence...it will make a pretty backdrop for our pets' resting places. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2012: Years ago before we had planted much shrubbery at a former home of ours we planted the blue morning glory vines against a back fence. Specific herbicides can be used to destroy the plant if a person doesn't mind using chemical control. Invasive Plant Atlas of the US NOTE: means species is on that list. They can be evasive, but I just pull them up where I don't want them. Hedge bindweed reportedly does not take cultivation, which is probably why I rarely see it in maintained nursery fields. Definitely going to smother and pull this out asap! Leaves are alternate, arrowhead- to spade-shaped with nearly parallel leaf margins and generally rounded tips. Mature field bindweed plants have arrowhead-shaped leaves that can be 1/2 to 2 inches long. Noxious plant U.S. Weed Information; Calystegia sepium . hedge bindweed.