Calystegia sepium (L.) R.Br.
Calystegia sepium is a climber.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The climbers prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Suited as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
Calystegia sepium is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
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