Friday, June 18, 2010

Hedge Bindweed

Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Most of the flowers that I've been befriending are found along the walking routes that the dogs and I follow every morning. This one, Hedge Bindweed, was in abundance at the local car wash and I couldn't resist saying hello.

This car wash was no different than most. Someone invested some time and money in landscaping and then let it go. The bindweed saw this as an wonderful invitation and now it completely covers the place. When I shuffled through my reference texts, trying to come up with a match, I wouldn't have been surprised to find:
Habitat: hedgerows, scrub, car washes, and Kwik-e-marts.

According to one site this plant is ...
Also known as Greater Bindweed, Bearbind, Bellbine, Withybind, Devil's Guts, Hedge-Bell and, most appropriately, Hell Weed
Hell Weed? I'm not feeling the love.

Dave's Garden Newsletter June 21 2010

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

And yet, consider a similar plant, the Moonflower (Ipomoea alba). Check out this excerpt from "Dave's Garden Newsletter":
Ipomoea alba is a member of the morning glory family. Grown as a perennial in mild climates, or an annual in temperate regions, its fast-growing vining habit creates a beautiful backdrop to its stunning flowers.

The saucer-sized luminescent flowers appear at night, sweetly scenting the air until morning light closes the blooms, earning it the well-deserved common name of moonflower or moon vine. Large moths (such as the hawk moth) are a primary pollinizer of this nocturnal plant.

Hello?? Both plants bloom at dusk and dawn, both have showy snow-white flowers, both have twining stems, climbing vines. They even share the same pollinator, for heaven's sake, the convolvulus hawk moth! Why all the glory and praise for Ipomoea and dark stares and ridicule for Calystegia?

Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) 18June2010 Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) 18June2010

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