Field Bindweed

Field Bindweed is a non-native invasive (also known as morning glory, creeping Charlie and lovevine) - a tough plant that threatens to take over once it gets a toehold of an area such as the Wetland's North Cultural Meadow Ecosite and also the Native Garden. This terminator plant could possibly smother the native shrubs and flowers that the community planted over the past several years. Can or should it be managed?

The two pictures to the left - taken July 29, 2010 (recently) show field bindweed climbing the Echinacea in our Native Garden. From the observation deck you can see this plant entwining the Burdock and Smooth Vetch (purple flower) throughout the meadow. Notice the beautiful trumpet shaped white flower of Field Bindweed - their leaves are arrow-shaped. The disturbed soil of the meadow provides the perfect habitat for Field Bindweed. Why is it considered a non-native plant? Why is it considered invasive? Can - should this life form be managed? Who in our community can provide the stewardship for our Native species? What does stewardship mean, anyways? Is "bindweed" a problem for the rare species inside the Wetland? Why or why not?

Field Bindweed: Picture of winter-spring form of this non-native invasive plant (left) as it completely entwines one of the native berry shrubs planted in the North Cultural Meadow. Herbicides are not an option for controlling this life form! Guess this is a good example of the Wetland's buffer ecosite going through change. Fallingbrook grade 6 and 7 classes, as part of their stewardship programme with Tutored by Nature Inc (April - June 2009), pulled these "weeds" and then mulched the native shrubs . It is no easy task to "manage" non-native invasives such as Common Bindweed or other resident invasives such as Garlic Mustard, or Buckthorn. What can or should be done as part of our "community stewardship"?