Sea Bindweed (Calystegia soldanella)

Perennial Climber
Convolvulus soldanella.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sea Bindweed
Calystegia soldanella
Convolvulaceae

The stems are very flexible and are used as a string for tying[66]. Fairly strong but not long-lasting[K].

  • Medicinal Use

    Antiscorbutic, diuretic, febrifuge, irritant, purgative and vermifuge[218].

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots – cooked as a vegetable or pickled and used as a samphire substitute[2, 105]. Caution is advised since the plant might have a purgative effect[173].

  • Cautionary Notes

    This species is said to be purgative[173], some caution is advised.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame in a free draining compost and only just cover. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 3 months at 15¡c[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring whilst dormant[200].
Easily grown in ordinary well-drained garden soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. This species is very difficult to establish successfully in the garden[1].
Coastal areas of Europe, including Britain, N. Africa, Asia, N. and S. America and Australasia.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.