Creeping through waste and cultivated ground, the white or pink-striped flowers of Field Bindweed are a familiar sight for many of us. Twisting around other plants to assist its progress, this aggressive plant is often considered to be a weed in gardens. It flowers between June and September.
How to identify
Usually trailing or creeping at ground level, occasionally climbing to 1-2m. The , 1-2.5cm funnel-shaped flowers may be pink, white, or pink-and-white striped, and are sweet-scented, unlike the larger kinds of bindweed. The leaves are grey-green, 2-6cm long, and arrow-shaped.
Where to find it
Widespread, but less common in Scotland.
When to find it
How can people help
Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.