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Balloon Vine

Cardiospermum halicacabum

Also known as

Heart Pea, Heart Seed, Love-in-a-Puff, Puffball, Winter Cherry

Cardiospermum halicacabum 1808 by Buendia22 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Balloon Vine

A close up of a Cardiospermum halicacabum plant
A Cardiospermum halicacabum plant
Agreen Cardiospermum halicacabum with white flowers
A close up of a green Cardiospermum halicacabum plant
A close up of a green Cardiospermum halicacabum plant

Balloon Vine Overview

Cardiospermum halicacabum is herbaceous or deciduous climbing, perennial, shrubby vines species, grown predominantly for the fruits and their foliage. It is native to tropical regions of America, India and Africa, found commonly growing as a weed alongside rivers and roads. Flowers are small, whitish and have unequal petals. The genus name Cardiospermum references the heart-shaped seed casing and bicoloured seeds which display a light-coloured heart shape.


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