Hedge Bindweed - Calystegia sepium


    Vigorous climbing and twining plant to 3 metres. Leaves bright green and arrow shaped. Flowers white, 30 to 50 mm. Bracts not overlapping or scarcely so.

    Similar Species

    Calystegia silvatica

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Bracteoles only slightly or not overlapping; sepals beneath clearly visible

    Recording advice

    A side-on photograph showing bracteoles and sepals beneath


    Woods, hedges and waste places.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 429 of the 617 tetrads.

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