3. Bind Weed

No 3
Common Name Bind weed  (a) Hedge bindweed  (b) Field bindweed
Scientific Name (a) Calystegia sepium (b)Convolvulus arvensis
Irish Name (a)    Ialus fáil
Family Convolvulaceae
Habitat (a) Hedge bindweed or bellbind with its pure white trumpet flowers is a familiar sight, choking plants in borders and twining around any plant shoot or cane.

(b) The smaller field bindweed with white or pink flowers is problematic in long grass and bare soil.

Cultivated land, dunes, hedgerows, roadsides, short turf, wasteland

Uses Is edible – CONSUME AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

Contains several alkaloids, including pseudotropine, and lesser amounts of tropine, tropinone, and meso-cuscohygrine.

The bindweed stalks, young shoots and root are edible cooked, green parts steamed or boiled, roots boiled. However, it can be purgative so regular eating of said is not recommended. … Seeds edible when young, cooked. Raw leaves can be used like soap

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