Hairy Bindweed - Calystegia pulchra

Description

Climbing and twining plant. Leaves arrow shaped sometimes, but not always, parallel sided. Flowers always pink 50 to 75mm. Stems and leaf stalks may be slightly hairy when young.

Similar Species

Convolvulus arvensis also has pink and white striped flowers

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Flowers much larger than Convolvulus arvensis, and a climbing plant.  Petioles hairy (but sometimes sparsely so)

Habitat

Hedgerows scrub and waste places.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History

Perennial. Probably originally naturalised from garden escapes.

UK Status

Widespread throughout Britain but never common anywhere.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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