Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed)

Plant Info
Also known as: Hedge False Bindweed
Family:Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory)
Life cycle:perennial
Habitat:part shade, sun; moist to average soil; fields, edges of woods, roadsides, along railroads
Bloom season:June - September
Plant height:3 to 10 foot vine
Wetland Indicator Status:GP: FAC MW: FAC NCNE: FAC
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Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 5-petals Flower shape: bell Flower shape: tubular

[photo of flowers] 2 to 3-inch long, stalked, funnel-shaped flowers arising from leaf axils all along the stem. Flowers have 5 petals fused together; petal color ranges from pure white to pink or lavender. At the base of the tube's throat is a spot of yellow, with the stigma in the center. A flower usually lasts only 1 day, opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon, but may stay open all day in favorable conditions.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf type: simple

[photo of leaves] Leaves are up to 5 inches long and 3 inches across, toothless and hairless, typically arrowhead-shaped with a sharply pointed tip, angled lobes at the base, and a long stalk. Stems are mostly smooth and lack tendrils, so climbs or wraps around other plants for support.

Fruit: Fruit type: capsule/pod

[photo of fruit] Fruit is a small round capsule containing a few seeds, that persists through winter.


Hedge Bindweed is often seen climbing up shrubs, fences and in open fields. It is similar to Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), a weedier species with smaller flowers and leaves. Also similar is Low False Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea), a low-growing, non-vining plant of drier sandy or rocky soil, often in Jack Pine forest.

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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Long Lake Regional Park, Ramsey County, and at Mille Lacs Lake. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Hennepin and McLeod counties.


Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?

Posted by: Todd - Dakota County
on: 2009-07-22 11:42:48

I saw this blooming today in UMore Park.

Posted by: Tony - Castle Rock Township
on: 2009-07-31 21:43:47

Saw this growing in patches of wild blackberries

Posted by: LAC
on: 2009-08-13 22:10:34

They are all up and down the shores of the backwaters of the Mississippi River from Hastings to Red Wing. I have tons of pictures and plan to harvest some seeds this fall.

Posted by: Pat - Pillager, Mn
on: 2011-11-06 22:38:32

Found this growing in a wet ditch this summer near Pillager. The vines were climbing up other shrubs and small trees.

Posted by: S - Munger Trail Duluth section
on: 2012-09-01 14:41:49

Saw this climbing up a couple trees--may have been Field Bindweed, but I hope not, as that is considered noxious...

Posted by: K. Chayka
on: 2012-09-02 01:32:34

Field bindweed doesn't tend to climb trees, so you probably saw the native.

Posted by: Brian - St. Peter
on: 2015-03-08 10:37:26

I saw this species in bloom at Shooting Star Prairie SNA (Mower County, near the Iowa border) on August 1, 2013.

Posted by: Keira - St Paul
on: 2015-07-13 12:08:54

Found this along the river near Hariett Park.

Posted by: Kat - Hubbard County
on: 2015-07-19 15:54:10

I just found the Hedge Bindweed pn my road in rural Hubbard County, just over the Beltrami County line.

Posted by: Katie - St. Paul
on: 2015-07-22 21:18:45

St. Paul West Side. My yard is full of it.

Posted by: Melissa - St. Paul
on: 2015-09-20 02:18:37

Do these have prickly looking seeds? I have something that looks like this flower on a 2.5-3 foot bush. It's spreading in the neighborhood - but they have ping pong ball size seeds with spiky looking thorns on the seed balls.

Posted by: K. Chayka
on: 2015-09-20 09:31:27

Melissa, what you describe is wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata), which has very different leaves.

Posted by: Veronica - Pennington County
on: 2015-09-28 16:24:53

I found a wild one growing in my backyard.

Posted by: Betty - Lake George, Hubbard County
on: 2016-07-08 22:18:19

I found one flower while blueberry picking.

Posted by: Dennae - Dodge Center
on: 2016-07-24 11:33:03

I have these in my rock garden in dodge county. Any tips on how to get rid of this would be appreciated. They choke my monarch friendly plants!

Posted by: Tammy O. - Jordan, Scott Co.
on: 2016-08-25 22:25:36

I saw one white flower with a lot more of it's greenery. It was ground level. Interestingly, I also noticed very little milkweed. I noticed another comment accusing this plant of "choking monarch friendly plants". Is this plant guilty of this?

Posted by: K. Chayka
on: 2016-08-26 18:07:38

Tammy, in the wild hedge bindweed doesn't really out-compete other plants and choke them out, though I have seen some pretty robust vines. Human interference in the natural order (including cultivation) can be a cause for natives going hog wild.

Posted by: William M - Forest Lake, MN
on: 2017-09-04 09:08:22

I think we have a white one of this variety. It grew up in the rocks next to our patio. It seems to me that the plant is delicate and the leaves are as shown and are soft. There are more flowers to come from a long closed petal that points straight up. We didn't pick it because we wanted to see what it was. It flowered on September 4th and is a beautiful flower. Let me know if it is toxic or noxious. My wife is a gardener and has 5 flower gardens. Is it OK to grow a few of these or will they spread and take over? Thanks

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