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Reddish Vale Country Park

Flowers/June

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Greater Bindweed

An introduced perennial common on hedges and waste places throughout Britain though rarer in Scotland. This climbing plant can reach a height of 3m.

The flowers are pollinated by hawk moths, which are able to reach the nectar in the base of the plant by using their long proboscises.

 

 

Also known as Larger Bindweed, Bellvine, Old Man's Night Cap, Hooded Bindweed, Bearbind, Convolvulus Sepium and Hedge Bindweed.

This is a very vigorous climbing plant of up to 3m, the large flowers are white but very rarely they can be pink.

Most climbing plants raise themselves up by twining clockwise, but this plant can only spirel anti-clockwise.

The scientific name 'Calystegia Sepium' is derived from two Greek words meaning 'beautiful' and 'covering' and 'sepium' comes from the Latin 'sepes', which means 'hedge'.

In spite of it beauty, Bindweed is considered a great pest by all those who cultivate food and plants, because when it occurs on cultivated land it is a plant which is very hard to control due to its very long roots. In addition Bindweed tends to exhaust the soil and grows great masses of stems andleaves which strangle and cover nearby plants thus cutting off light.

 

 

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