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Hedge Bindweed
Convolvulaceae
Calystegia sepium


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Convolvulaceae Family

Calystegia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Rutland beauty, greater bindweed, bearbind,hedge convolvulus, hooded bindweed, old man's nightcap, wild morning glory, Larger Bindweed


Location

A subcosmopolitan distribution throughout temperate Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and North America, and in the temperate Southern Hemisphere in Australia, and Argentina in South America.

Physical Description
It is an herbaceous perennial that twines around other plants, in a counter-clockwise direction, to a height of up to 2-4 m, rarely 5 m. The leaves are arranged spirally, simple, pointed at the tip and arrowhead shaped, 5-10 cm long and 3-7 cm broad.

The flowers are produced from late spring to the end of summer. In the bud, they are covered by large bracts which remain and continue to cover sepals. The open flowers are trumpet-shaped, 3-7 cm diameter, white, or pale pink with white stripes. After flowering the fruit develops as an almost spherical capsule 1 cm diameter containing two to four large, black seeds that are shaped like quartered oranges.




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Convolvulaceae
Solanales
Solanales
Nightshade Order
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The root is demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, poultice and strongly purgative. Use of the root is believed to increase the flow of bile

The stalks and shoots, as well as the young shoots, are edible when washed and steamed and have a pleasant sweet taste, due to being rich in starch and sugars. Although very nutritious, the species should not be eaten in large quantities due to its purgative effects. The purgative effects can also be used for medicinal purposes as a diuretic. It is also believed that use of the root will increase the flow of bile

Stalks and root - cooked. Washed and steamed. A pleasant sweet taste. Rich in starch and sugars, it is very nutritious. It should not be eaten regularly, however, due to its possible purgative effect. Young shoots - cooked. Some caution is advised since they are possibly purgative

Other Notes: The stems are very flexible and can be used as an emergency string for tying. It is fairly strong but not very long lasting





Hedge Bindweed




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