Common names (selected) English: bearbind, devil’s vine, devil’s guts, giant bindweed, granny-pop-out-of-bed, great bindweed, hedgebell, hedge bindweed, lady’s nightcap, wild morning glory; French: liseron des haies; German: Gemeine Zaunwinde; Italian: convolvolo comue, vilucchio maggiore; Portuguese: corriola-das-sebes, tepadeira-das-balcas; Spanish: correguela mayor
Description: Herbaceous perennial vine
Native regions and distribution: North America, Argentina, Europe, temperate Asia, north Africa, Australia. Found elsewhere around the world
Urban habitat: Commonly found in disturbed sites, at edges of steams, along walls, roadsides, fences, and rocky areas. It is tolerant of roadway salt and compacted soil.
Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; erosion control.
History / human uses: The stalks, roots, and young shoots of C. 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.