Flowering vine or weed

Asked May 9, 2019, 8:11 AM EDT

This showed up as a volunteer in my flowerbed. Can you identify? Thank you!

Calvert County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like either climbing false buckwheat (Fallopia scandens) or black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus). They are both in the buckwheat family and there are subtle differences between the two species (in the flowers and seeds). At least four species of Fallopia are known to be present in Maryland. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewChecklist.php?genus=Fallopia

This article is from Illinois but it provides good information.