Authentic Wisconsin.  Hedge Bindweed - Calystegia sepium


Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on August 6, 2020.


Above: Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin. (9/28/19).


Hedge Bindweed - Calystegia sepium (formerly Convolvulus sepium)

Convolvulus: from Latin convolvere, "to twine around"

Hedge Bindweed is a native plant of the Morning Glory family. It is a perennial vine that grows up to 10' long, often climbing over other plants, shrubs, and fences. It prefers wet areas like disturbed sites, meadows, prairies.

Hedge Bindweed blossoms range from pure white to pink. They are funnel-shaped and 5 parted. At the base of the tube's throat is a spot of yellow, with the stigma in the center.

Hedge Bindweed stamens.


Above: Hedge Bindweed stamens are tightly appressed (pressed closely to another organ but not united) around the style.


Hedge Bindweed cup-like bracts on July 6, 2020.


Above: Hedge Bindweed's large cup-like bracts surrounding the calyx (7/06/20).


Hedge Bindweed flowers usually lasts only 1 day, opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon, but may stay open all day in favorable conditions.

Hedge Bindweed at edge of woods on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on August 22, 2019.


Above: Hedge Bindweed arrowhead-shaped leaves.


Hedge Bindweed leaves are typically arrowhead-shaped with a sharply pointed tip. They are about 5 inches long and 3 inches across and have angled lobes at the base.

Other Names: Hedge false bindweed, great bindweed, hedge-lily, hedge morning glory.

For more information on Hedge Bindweed, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Hedge Bindweed - Calystegia sepium.



Hedge Bindweed surrounding a telephone pole on Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin on August 1, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed surrounding a telephone pole on Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin on August 1, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed at edge of woods on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on August 1, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 28, 2019.
Hedge Bindweed ion shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 28, 2019.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 28, 2019
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 28, 2019.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 3, 2018.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 3, 2018.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 6, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 29, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 29, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 6, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 6, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 6, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2020.
Hedge Bindweed in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2020.

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Hedge Bindweed
Calystegia sepium (formerly Convolvulus sepium)


Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 11, 2020.

Above: Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin (7/11/20).


Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2020.

Above: Hedge Bindweed on shore of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin (7/24/20).



Hedge Bindweed botanical illustration by Alice Lounsberry circa 1932.


Above: Hedge Bindweed botanical illustration by Alice Lounsberry circa 1932.


1913 Hedge Bindweed USDA illustration.

Above: 1913 Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium) illustration.


1836 Hedge Bindweed botanical illustration by John Stephenson.

Above: 1836 Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium) botanical illustration by John Stephenson.


Hedge Bindweed botanical illustration circa 1917-1926.

Above: Carl Axel Magnus Lindman Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium) botanical illustration circa 1917-1926.


Hedge Bindweed.

Other Bindweeds


Low Bindweed – Convolvulus spithamaea
Low Bindweed botanical illustration circa 1913.

Above: 1913 Low Bindweed (Convolvulus spithamaea) illustration.

Low False Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea) is a native plant that has a flower very similar to Hedge Bindweed but Calystegia spithamaea have short, non-twining stems and the leaves are generally rounded and oval shaped.

For more information on Low False Bindweed, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Low Bindweed - Calystegia spithamaea.


Field Bindweed – Convolvulus arvensis

Field Bindweed botanical illustration circa 1917-1926.

Above: Carl Axel Magnus Lindman Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) botanical illustration circa 1917-1926.


1885 Hedge Bindweed botanical illustration.

Above: 1885 Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) botanical illustration.


Field Bindweed illustration circa 1906.

Above: Field Bindweed illustration circa 1906.


1913 Field Bindweed USDA illustration.

Above: 1913 Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) illustration.


Field bindweed is introduced and has naturalized in Wisconsin. It is considered invasive - Eradicate. It's habitat is distubed sites. The flower is smaller than that of Hedge Bindweed and the 5 stamens and a pistil have a divided style.


For more information on Field Bindweed, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Field Bindweed - Convolvulus arvensis.



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