It’s All Relative

Large pink and white, bell-shaped flowers poke through the green vegetation along roads and in fields this time of year. Look closely and you will find them attached to a twisting vine. This is hedge bindweed, also known as lady’s nightcap, bell bind, woodbind, and devil’s vine. Although the nightcap

Hedge Bindweed

refers to the flower shape, the binding alludes to its ability to twine around other plants for support. White lines on the flower direct bees into the deep throat of the flower. Sometimes considered a nuisance because of its fast growth, it has a cousin that is much more highly thought of. The tuberous-rooted bindweed appears on tables all across North America. We know it more commonly as the sweet potato.

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