Hedge Bindweed

Calystegia sepium

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About

Climbing and twisting through hedgerows, woodlands, ditches and riverbanks, the white flowers of Hedge Bindweed are a familiar sight for many of us. Twining itself around other plants to assist its progress, this aggressive plant is often considered to be a weed in gardens, although it can provide excellent cover for fences and derelict buildings in towns and waste grounds. It flowers between June and September but the twisting stems can be seen in spring.

How to identify

Hedge Bindweed displays large, white flowers that look like the end of a trumpet. The large leaves are shaped like the tip of an arrow and have long stalks. Its climbing nature and larger flowers can help to distinguish it from Field Bindweed.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Hedge Bindweed
Latin name
Calystegia sepium
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 3m
Conservation status
Common.