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Upright Bindweed
Calystegia spithamaea
(formerly Convolvulus spithamaeus)

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea) Other common names: Low Bindweed, Low False Bindweed

Other scientific names: Convolvulus spithamaeus, Convolvulus camporum, Volvulus spithamaeus

Family: Bindweed Family (Convolvulaceae)

Group: Bindweeds

Distinctive features: Large white flowers low to the ground.

Similar species:
  •   Eurasian Black Bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) - Small greenish flowers.

  •   Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium) - Large white/pink flowers. Leaves have square bases.

  •   Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) - Leaves have two pointy ends near the base. Smaller flowers.

Flowers: Spring, Summer;  White;  5 parts (petals);  Large.

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas;  Open areas, dry soil.

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 198    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 12    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 239   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 41 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

A view of the whole plant.
When the plant is short like this, the flowers are at the base of the plant.

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

Large spectacular white flowers.

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

A view deeper inside a flower.

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

Bees like them!

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

A leaf.

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

A flowerless stem, showing arrangement of the leaves.

Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

A mass of Upright Bindweed on a spruce tree.

Range map for Upright Bindweed (Calystegia spithamaea)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)