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Calystegia sepium (Hedge false bindweed)
Muller, Thomas L.

Calystegia sepium

Calystegia sepium (L.) R. Br.

Hedge False Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)


USDA Symbol: CASE13

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (I), CAN (N), SPM (I)

This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Calystegia sepium ssp. sepium, Hedge False Bindweed. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.

This smooth, twining vine has funnel-shaped flowers, pinkish with white stripes.
Flowers: 2-3" (5-7.5 cm) long; petals 5, fused together; calyx 5-lobed, enclosed in 2 pale green bracts.
Leaves: 2-4" (5-10 cm) long; arrow-shaped or triangular.

This vine resembles the morning glories (Convolvulus species) and used to be placed in that genus, but differs in having two rounded stigmas rather than one. It can be a pest, twining among and engulfing desirable ornamentals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems climbing or twining, up to about 12 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Throughout North America, except far north.
Native Habitat: Moist soil along streams, thickets, roadsides, waste places.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Each tightly twisted flower bud unwinds into a broad funnel during the day, re-twisting at night and when it has finished blooming. (Kershaw) Although hedge false-bindweed can be a serious weed, it can produce striking flowered blankets.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0270 Collected July 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Calystegia sepium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calystegia sepium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calystegia sepium


Record Modified: 2023-03-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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