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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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems climbing or twining, up to about 12 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight 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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0270 Collected July 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Calystegia sepium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calystegia sepium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calystegia sepium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-21
Research By: TWC Staff