Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Hedge Bindweed
Calystegia sepium
F. Convolvulaceae
Calystegia sepium
General Description:

Hedge bindweed is a smooth-stemmed, winding vine that measures approximately 90-300 cm. in length. The flowers of hedge bindweed have a pink funnel shaped bloom with a white starburst originating at the center and radiating to the edges of the structure. The distinctive leaves are long and triangular or arrow-shaped.

Flowers:

The pink or white, radially symmetrical flowers of hedge bindweed have five fused petals that form a funnel-shaped bloom. Each bloom has a white sunburst that originates from the center of the structure and radiates in thin stripes, along the lines of fusion to the edge of each petal. The bloom is supported by a five-lobed calyx and two pale green bracts. Flowers are arranged singularly along the length of the vine.

Leaves:

The glossy, bright green leaves of this wildflower are densely arranged along the length of the vine. They are relatively small, measuring approximately 5-10 cm. in length and are triangular or arrow shaped: the tip of each leaf is pointed and the base may have two, symmetrical, backward-projecting lobes.

Habitat:

Hedge bindweed grows best in moist soil and can be found along streams and roadsides, in moist thickets, and around waste areas.

Fun Facts:

Hedge bindweed is a troublesome wildflower. The robust and extensive stems can engulf and strangle other plants.

Calystegia sepium
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