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hederacea flore pleno - calystegia

Can anyone give me some advice on this plant?  I bought some as it said they were good ground cover and they had lovely double pastel pink flowers but when I looked on the internet for more information some said that they were very invasive and to avoid them.  Has anyone any experience of these plants? I am a novice gardener and I don't want to make the mistake of introducing and invasive plant into my garden. If it is ok to plant it, is it hardy for the North East of England as some said it was hardy and others said it wasn't. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks


  • I was hoping someone would have answered!  I too bought this plant from a site saying it would grow in shade but several other sites say full sun.  Some say ok outdoors some say needs to be brought indoors in winter. Can anyone help?  
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,490
    Hello to you both, well, as it’s common name is Japanese Bindweed, I would be very cautious with it and plant it in a pot, don’t let it loose in your garden. In fact, I would probably err on the safe side and bin it. It is definitely considered invasive in certain parts of the world. Although DEFRA consider the chances of it spreading to the UK are reasonably low, that doesn’t count if you introduce it purposefully. Perhaps someone else will be more familiar with it and reassure you it’s ok to plant, but this is a site I generally trust:
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Carolparkes, I wonder where you bought it from. It's nowadays near enough impossible to source in the UK. It is a tender perennial and most likely will survive as a perennial in the UK. It's not advisable to plant into the ground. For a container it should be fine. It will flower more in the sun, but most likely in shade, you will get plenty of green leaves.
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