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Anybody ever figure out how to eliminate prairie bindweed? The stuff probably came in in canal irrigation water, and is taking over!!
I have bindweed here, too. Would love to know how to get rid of it.
Tagetes minuta will help with that, but if you are too far north you will have to replant. Southern it comes back. It is also called Mexican Marigold, or huacatay, and is an herb used in South and Central American cooking. Seeds can't be shipped to CA. Once I have it growing I just keep it going, bring some in just in case, but it came back as far north as Long Island, NY from the seeds that dropped. I get mine from Richters Herbs in Canada.
Also --- it is good to interplant with tomatoes, gets rid of the root-knot nematode.
@Ferg So then, does this plant put something into the ground to inhibit the bindweed's germination or growth?
That is one of the nasty plants that was in my garden again this year. It's so frustrating.
I will have to look at my Richters catalogue again. Hmm...
@LaurieLovesLearning Yup. It's really pretty amazing. Has medicinal properties as well as being used in cooking. We* have done a great deal of research on T. minuta; some folks are doing molecular signal work to see how the various root exudates impact things like root-knot nematodes, various nasty insects (while attracting polinators), and the noxious weeds. The natural world is one big interactive place that we are just starting to see, and are no where near understanding (-:
*the various groups of researchers I have had the good fortune to work with on ecological plant protection methods...
Laurie, do you know if Prairie Bindweed is the same as Field Bindweed? @torey , do you? THis is all new info to me, and I haven't looked into it, but in Constitutional Lesson 10, part 5 - Cancer Management, Michael Moore talks at length about how Field Bindweed is a very potent, hard to find and expensive anti-tumor. If so, your weeds could be a cash crop!
Here is all I can find:
Bindweed may refer to:
Search results for: "bindweed"
Number of results: 6
1. Calystegia pubescens - Japanese Bindweed Synonym: Calystegia japonica, Calystegia subvolubilis, Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
2. Calystegia sepium - Hedge Bindweed Synonym: Convolvulus sepium, Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
3. Calystegia soldanella - Sea Bindweed Synonym: Convolvulus soldanella, Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
4. Convolvulus arvensis - Field Bindweed Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
5. Convolvulus erubescens - Australian Bindweed Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
6. Polygonum convolvulus - Black Bindweed Synonym: Fallopia convolvulus, Tiniria convolvulus, Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
From what I can determine, Prairie Bindweed and Field Bindweed are the same species. Convolvulus arvensis.
I knew very little about this plant until just a little while ago. It is not common in my area, although it is quite invasive in the locations where it has appeared. This is what I posted in another discussion.
Bindweed is a strong laxative so useful for constipation. Works by increasing peristalsis so may cause intestinal pains. Not recommended during pregnancy or lactation or for patients who have IBS, IBD, Crohn's Disease, colitis, appendicitis or any type of obstruction. Homeopathically, it would be used to treat similar conditions to those just mentioned; colic, stool with pain, diarrhea.
Because of this, I would think that if it is used as an anti-tumour treatment, it would probably have an affinity for bowel cancers. But that is just an observation.
There is a hedge bindweed https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/hedge-bindweed, an erect bindweed https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/erect_bindwd.htm and a Texas bindweed https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=COEQ.
All are in the morning glory family, but each goes by a different latin name. I can't find anything specific to answer the question, but I see that Torey just answered too.
This site also suggests 2 types of insects as controls:
Definitely worth exploring!
@LaurieLovesLearning Insect control is nice, but I am not so much into eating insects LOL. I'm really all about the food....
@Ferg, me neither! haha
Can you tell me more about the medicinal properties & what parts are eaten? What does it taste like...and recipes?
I found the listing in my catalogue. ;) It will go into my order next year.
Google doesn't return anything for Prairie Bindweed, but finds lots for Field Bindweed, which definitely grows on the prairie!
@SherryA That's exactly what I found as well when searching the term.
@LaurieLovesLearning and @torey according to MM, field bindweed kills tumors by affecting the blood vessels that feed them. Here is one article I found https://naturalsociety.com/bindweed-extract-virulent-cancer-tumors/
and here is an interesting veterinary one http://racehorseherbal.net/bindweed.html
Thanks for the links @judsoncarroll4. I am going to do more research into this. It makes so much sense from the doctrine of signatures point of view. It is very invasive, like a cancer, and it tends to choke out other plants by wrapping around them.
Makes so much sense from a homeopathic point of view as well. Wondering if @frogvalley agrees with this suggestion? I haven't been able to find much of anything in any of the repertories about its use for cancer but it doesn't seem to be a very well proven remedy. Most of the literature just seems to echo the old herbals. Maybe something to start a proving for?
Wouldn't it be ironic if one of the main plants they use Round Up to kill could be a cure for cancers caused by Round Up?
Well, they use glyphosate for trying to kill horsetail, but it doesn't work.
As you most likely know, horsetail will clean up that same soil & lock in that very chemical within itself.
Speaking of that, is my main concern with this.... that folks would harvest it from chemical soaked fields. It will need to either be grown in fresh garden soil, or I think those fields would need to lie fallow for a couple of years so the chemicals can wash down in the soil with rain and gas off with sun.
@torey Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) does indeed sound great for cancer. My hesitations for using it are: it is a Solanales to which I am allergic; the processing is dubious at best; there are several contraindications that we do know about (surgery, pregnancy, lactating, wound healing, etc); possible side effects we don't know about; and there are less risky alternatives available. I wouldn't hesitate to try the homeopathic remedy and I would try the herb if push came to shove.
As for alternatives, I really like Magnolia bark. It's very efficacious, anti-angiogenic, anti-viral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, inexpensive, passes the blood brain barrier, and easy to make (just pour boiling/hot water over it in a mug and steep for a few minutes). It's been used by millions of people for thousands of years and can help with everything from cavities to insomnia. There are a few drawbacks: it acts like a gatekeeper in that if you are using "traditional" cancer therapies, it will keep them out of your cells; may cause drowsiness, headache, nausea, and vomiting if one takes too much; should not be taken with medications that cause sedation; can slow blood clotting so should be avoided when taking anticoagulants. I have witnessed the wonders it has done for cancer friends and have used it myself. Everyone that I have introduced to it has avoided surgery ("Gee, we can't seem to find it anymore"), even when used for as little as three weeks.
Wait, there are places where Field Bindweed is hard to find? Not in my yard! Field Bindweed is my nemesis!!!!
Here in CO, you can buy bindweed mites as a biological control for field bindweed. That's all they eat. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while now, but haven't gotten around to yet. A little more info here: http://wci.colostate.edu/bio_control.shtml
What a fantastic thread - I've learned so much! And who knew that noxious thug of a plant could possibly be a lifesaver, if used properly? But, it still needs to leave my garden!!! It's not clear where to actually get the mites, especially outside of Colorado, but I'll try our county extension office. I did some research and found out that some sort of golden beetle also does a number on bindweed. Does anybody know anything about golden beetles?
@Ferg, T, Minuta sounds wonderful, and thanks so much for the info :-) It may not be suitable for everybody, sadly. In doing some research I found out that minuta itself can be invasive (I want to NOT have to fight one invasive with another!!), it can inhibit certain crops if it gets into their beds, and it's just too darn big and weedy looking for application in my space. Do you have any info on how well other, more "landscape friendly" marigold species like patula or tenufolia might work? Especially patula, as I'm already growing Tashkent marigold (patula) in another section of the yard and am saving seeds. I could easily add more of those around if they might fight the bindweed.