Large Bindweed - Calystegia silvatica

    Alternative names
    Great Bindweed

    Vigorous climbing and twining plant. Flowers white 50 to 90 mm sometimes striped with pale pink. Bracteoles widely overlapping and pouched at the base, mostly or completely obscuring sepals beneath. There is a form of the Great Bindweed called 'quinquepartita' where the trumpet shaped corolla is deeply 5 lobed.

    Similar Species

    Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Bracteoles strongly overlapping so the sepals beneath are completely or nearly obscured

    Recording advice

    A side-on photograph, showing overlapping bracteoles


    Hedgerows, around buildings and waste places.

    When to see it

    July 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 323 of the 617 tetrads.

    be our species champion

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map