Calystegia sepium (wild morning glory, devil’s vine, devil’s guts, hedgebell, bearbind, giant bindweed, granny-pop-out-of-bed, lady’s nightcap)

description:  herbaceous perennial vine

place of origin:  eastern North America, Europe, temperate Asia, north Africa

urban habitat:commonly found in disturbed sites, at edges of steams, along walls, roadsides, fences, rocky areas; tolerant of roadway salt and compacted soil.

ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; erosion control; food for wildlife.

history: The leaves and roots of Calystegia sepium are edible and are said to have a pleasant sweet taste and is very nutritious. C. sepium has been used medicinally to encourage the flow of urine, bile, to treat fevers, constipation and used as a poultice to soothe aches.