The Bindweed or Morning Glory Family

Around 50 genera with up to 1,600 species form this family. Most of the flowers have a characteristic funnel shape. Although a few are trees, shrubs and woody vines, most types are herbaceous vines. Included are the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and weed species called the bindweeds (Convulvulus).

False Bindweed
Kidney Weed
Blue Daze,
Hawaiian Blue Eyes
Sweet Potato
Skyblue Clustervine

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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