E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Calystegia sepium (L.) R. Br.
Hedge Bindweed
Convolvulaceae (Dodder family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from an elongate, slender rhizome; stems trailing to climbing, 2-3 m long, glabrous to softly hairy.
Stem leaves alternate, 5-12 cm long, arrowhead-shaped with basal lobes rounded to distinctly angled, tips pointed, glabrous to hairy.
Inflorescence of single, 4-7 cm wide, wide-mouthed, funnel-shaped flowers on stalks shorter than the leaves; petals white to deep pink, fused, twisted in bud, pleated in flower; bracts broadly heart-shaped to egg-shaped.
Capsules egg-shaped to globose, 1 cm long; seeds 5 mm long, finely hairy-warty.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist streamsides, river bottoms and shorelines in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in SW BC, infrequent on the Queen Charlotte Islands, rare in NE, SC and SE BC; introduced from E North America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Calystegia sepium var. americanum
Calystegia sepium var. fraterniflora
Convolvulus sepium L.

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