Hedge Bindweed

  • Irish name: Ialus Fáilá

  • Scientific name: Calystegia Sepium

The hedge bindweed is found on roadsides, rubbish tips etc. It is very common throughout Ireland. It is a vine that usually has pretty, white funnel-like flowers and sometimes the flowers are tinged with pink. The vine creeps over and winds itself over plants, almost smothering it. The flowers are pollinated by various insects. The bee hawkmoth is one of the more spectacular insects visiting the hedge bindweed. Tea made from the leaves are used as a wash on spider bites. Tea made from the flowers were used to reduce fever and heal wounds and Tea made from the roots have a strong emetic effect.