Fringed black bindweed

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Polygonum cilinode Michx.; old Fallopia cilinodis (Michx.) Holub

Common name(s): fringed black bindweed, fringed bindweed, fringed false buckwheat, fringed climbing buckwheat

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-climbing herb

  • climbs from left to right (rare)

-leaves are

  • simple
  • alternate
  • ovate
  • entire

-native to the United States

-greenish white flowers

-red stems and veins

  • from exposure to lots of sun

– generally flowers July, August in ME

– may be confused with P. convolvulus or P. scandens, which do not have fringes of hairs on their stipules; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-recently disturbed areas

-dry soils


-rocky slopes

-forest edges



Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Burnham, Robyn J. “Fallopia Cilinodis.” CLIMBERS, University of Michigan, 29 July 2013,