Calystegia sepium (L.) R. Br.
Hedge morning glory, larger bindweed, hedge bindweed, hedge false bindweed
Bindweeds, sometimes called wild morning glories, are vines that twine around other plants. They are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Australia, and Argentina. They are attractive, but they are aggressive and, in some areas, invasive.
Identification: This species is a vine that climbs up to about 12' (3.7 m). The vine itself is light green or red. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, up to 3" (7.6 cm) across, usually white, occasionally pink and white, with a yellow throat. (If you have seen morning glories, you will recognize these flowers.) Leaves are shaped like arrowheads (sagittate). Seed pods are nearly round, containing two seeds looking similar to orange segments.
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|Plant||Vines are 20-79" (50-200 cm) high.||Vine up to 12’ in length, stem light green or red|
|Flowers||Trumpet-shaped, ⅜-⅞" (1-2.5 cm) in diameter, and white or pale pink. Small bracts are separate from the flowers.||Trumpet-shaped, up to 3” across, white or pink and white, with a yellow throat|
|Leaves||¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) × ⅜-1" (1-3 cm) wide, either linear or shaped like arrowheads (sagittate).||Shaped like arrowheads (sagittate)|
|Fruit||Seeds ⅛" (3.2 mm) long, with two flat sides and a convex side, like an orange segment.||Nearly round, in pairs, like segments of an orange|
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Calystegia sepium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 6 Sep 2021.