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Uses

Toxic parts

This species is said to be purgative[1], some caution is advised.

Edible uses

Notes

Stalks and root - cooked[2][3][4][5]. Washed and steamed[6]. A pleasant sweet taste[7]. Rich in starch and sugars, it is very nutritious[6]. It should not be eaten regularly, however, due to its possible purgative effect[6]. Young shoots - cooked[3][8][9]. Some caution is advised since they are possibly purgative[6].

Leaves

Material uses

The stems are very flexible and can be used as an emergency string for tying[10]. It is fairly strong but not very long-lasting[K].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, poultice and strongly purgative[11][12][7][13]. Use of the root is believed to increase the flow of bile[13].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Climber

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame in a free draining compost and only just cover. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[14]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring whilst dormant[15].

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Cultivation

Easily grown in ordinary garden soil in a sunny position, but plants are apt to become invasive[16][15].

Hedge bindweed is a troublesome garden weed, especially when growing on moist soils[16][17]. The plant is a vigorous climber with annual shoots 3 metres or more long. These twine around other plants and can kill them by smothering them[17]. Once established, it is very difficult to eradicate the plant because it has very deep roots and is capable of re-growing from any part of the root left in the ground. The flowers open in sunny weather and remain closed during dull weather[17].

Nearly all taxa in Calystegia intergrade geographically into neighboring taxa with the exception of the widespread coastal species, C. soldanella (Linnaeus) R. Brown. It is impossible to draw clearly defined specific limits, and intermediate forms are always found where two taxa approximate geographically[18].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Calystegia sepium. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Calystegia sepium.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Calystegia sepium
Genus
Calystegia
Family
Convolvulaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    3 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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