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Cardiospermum halicacabum

Cardiospermum halicacabum
September: plenty of puffs, most of them green, but some already turned papery brown
balloon vine, love in a puff

Common name balloon vine, love in a puff
Family sapindaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers white
Size to 10'
Light sun-part shade
From seed scarify seed, germinate warm
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly September

Tropical vine. Small white-and-yellow lowers are not showy; the plant is named for the inflated fruit capsules.

Cardiospermum halicacabum
Upon ripening, the capsules turn a rich brown
balloon vine, love in a puff
Each contains three seeds that look like white-capped cannonballs

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 trade. Scarified using sandpaper and small file. Soak 1d. Baggy 75F (100%G, 3-17d)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. File-nicked, baggy 75F (100%G, 6-8d)

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