Calystegia sepium

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Calystegia sepium (L.) R.Br.

Convolvulaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: deltoid

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: not specified

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Solananae
Ordo:
Convolvulales

Calystegia sepium is a climber.

Naming

Calystegia sepium was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Robert Brown, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1810.

Taxonomy

Calystegia sepium is the type species of the genus Calystegia which contains approximately 37 to 59 species and belongs to the family of the Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family).

Characteristics

Calystegia sepium - flowers

Growth

The climbers are comparatively fast-growing and reach heights of 2 to 3,5 metres. The plants reach a width of 4 to 5 metres.

Leaves

Calystegia sepium is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are deltoid, entire and petiolate. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.

Flowers and Fruits

Calystegia sepium produces cymes of pink funnel-shaped flowers from June to September. The plants are hermaphroditic.


Root System

Distribution

Calystegia sepium is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, Iran, West-Siberia, East Siberia, Mongolia, the Himalaya, China, Japan, Northwest Africa, North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

Suited as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Calystegia sepium is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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