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In July and August near my apartment in Stockholm, bindweed had taken over a green area surrounding a bench in a park. It is considered a weed because it grows quickly and tends to choke surrounding plants with its tight tentacles.  I find them so beautiful, though, and can’t imagine wanting to remove them. I was able to take some time with my camera and get some high quality shots. I especially like the delicate stamens in these photos. The ones I found were a very light shade of pink, but I have seen them all white and some light bluish-purple.

Field Bindweed (Åkervinda), Stockholm, July 2011

Field Bindweed (Åkervinda), Stockholm, Sweden July 2011

Field Bindweed (Åkervinda), Stockholm, Sweden July 2011

The English name makes sense – it is a flower that grows in fields and binds and winds around things. In Swedish, Åker means “field” and “vinda” at least sounds to me like “winding” like how this plant winds around things nearby.

Very similar to the Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium), the Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) has smaller leaves. Other members of the same family, the Morning Glory family, have similar flowers but slightly different leaf shapes or sizes. Looking up this flower, I learned that members of the morning glory family are often climbers, twining counterclockwise.

In Boston, I saw a few bindweeds growing in early September.  In Sweden, bindweeds grow through August.

In this photo, you can see that the flowers close up at the end of the day (photos taken at 9 PM at the height of the Swedish summer).

Field Bindweed, Stockholm, Sweden July, 2011

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