Appalachia False Bindweed, Bearbind, Bellbind, Bingham’s False Bindweed, Bracted Bindweed, Bugle Vine, Devil’s Guts, Great Bindweed, Granny-Pop-Out-Of-Bed, Heavenly Trumpets, Hedgebell, Hedge Bindweed, Hedge False Bindweed, Large Bindweed, Old Man’s Nightcap, Rutland Beauty, Wild Morning Glory
Calystegia sepium (L.) R.Br. is the accepted scientific name for this species of Calystegia. The genus AND species were named and described as such by Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810. It was first named Convolvulus sepium by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of the first volume of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Accepted Infraspecific Names (9) (Updated on 11-16-21 from Plants of the World Online): Calystegia sepium subsp. americana (Sims) Brummitt, Calystegia sepium subsp. angulata Brummitt, Calystegia sepium subsp. appalachiana Brummitt, Calystegia sepium subsp. baltica Rothm., Calystegia sepium subsp. erratica Brummitt, Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila (Greene) Brummitt, Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata Brummitt, *Calystegia sepium subsp. sepium (autonym), Calystegia sepium subsp. spectabilis Brummitt. *When infraspecific taxon are named, an autonym (“type-specimen”) is automatically generated whose description is closest to the (original) species. I am not sure how the species and the autonym can have different synonyms…
As of 11-16-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 26 species in the Calystegia genus. It is a member of the plant family Convolvulaceae with 59 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
The above distribution map for Calystegia sepium is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is different…
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS BELOW FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID
I found this vine growing among the blackberry briars along the edge of the south hayfield in 2021. It was late in the afternoon so the flowers were closed. I took photos and uploaded them on iNaturalist for a positive ID and the suggested species was Calystegia sepium. Then I went to the Missouri Plants website and it definitely seemed correct. The problem is that there are several subspecies that are native to Missouri so figuring out which one this is would be somewhat difficult… Maybe at some point, I will investigate further, but for now we’ll just stick with Calystegia sepium…
There is another similar species, Calystegia silvatica, with subtle differences. Missouri Plants says the taxonomy of this group is controversial and some authors subdivide the genus differently. Some do not distinguish it from Calystegia silvatica at all and consider it synonymous with Calystegia sepium.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am making updates and writing new wildflower pages. I take a lot of photos over the summer and make positive ID’s but writing descriptions is sometimes a lengthy process. I decided to go ahead and publish their pages and write descriptions later. Hmmm… That’s what I said last year. There are several links at the bottom of the page with descriptions that will help make a positive ID.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at email@example.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-WEED ID GUIDE
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-BURKE HERBARIUM
CLIMBERS-UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂