Ireland

Larger Bindweed

Calystegia sepium

Name also: Hedge Bindweed, Bellbine, Rutland Beauty, Hedge False Bindweed, Wild Morning Glory
Family: Bindweed Family – Convolvulaceae
Growing form: Perennial climbing herb.
Height: Stem up to 3 metres (10 feet) long, twining, alternate, bristly, glabrous.
Flower: Corolla widely funnel-shaped, white or sometimes pink, 3–6 cm (1.2–2.4 in.) wide, fused, very shallowly 5-lobed. Calyx 5-lobed, subtended by two opposite bracts, virtually covering calyx. Stamens 5. Pistil of 2 fused carpels. Flowers solitary, axillary.
Leaves: Alternate, long-stalked. Blade triangular–cordate, sharp-tipped, basal lobes angular, basal notch V-shaped.
Fruit: Capsule.
Habitat: Seaside hedgerows, scrub and seaweed heaps. Also an ornamental, an escape, and a leftover from old gardens in gardens, back yards and waste ground.
Flowering time: July–August.
Harmfulness: Harmful invasive species.