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Common Name: Hedge Bindweed
Scientific Name: Calystegia sepium
Calystegia sepium, commonly known as Hedge Bindweed, is a herbaceous perennial that twines around other plants, in a counter-clockwise direction, to a height of up to 2-4m, rarely 5m. The pale matte green leaves are arranged spirally, simple, pointed at the tip and arrowhead shaped, 5-10cm long and 3-7cm 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, 3-7cm diameter, white, or pale pink with white stripes. After flowering the fruit develops as an almost spherical capsule 1cm diameter containing two to four large, black seeds that are shaped like quartered oranges. The seeds disperse and thrive in fields, borders, roadsides and open woods.
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