25% off select flower bulb varieties! Shop the sale here.

Balloon Vine

More Views

  • Seedling.
  • Beautiful backdrop to hardy hibiscus.
  • Incredible pollinator attractor.
  • Intermingling with morning glories.
  • Puffs and heart seeds.
  • Drying puffs for processing.
  • When you ❤ our seeds, they ❤ you back!

Organic Balloon Vine Seeds

Cardiospermum halicacabum
This old fashioned ornamental vine gives the gardener love right back.
Art Pack, 20 seeds
Product ID# FL0101A , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast

In stock.

Detailed Product Info

White flowers give way to green puffs, which hold three new heart-emblazoned seeds that are a cinch to save.

Here at the Seed Library we (heart) these seeds, and plants that climb, and seed pods you can dry. This old fashioned ornamental vine gives us the triple love right back. Known as Balloon Vine, Love In A Puff, and Heart Seed, the paper lantern-like seed pods of Cardiospermum halicacabum (Cardio = heart, sperma = seed) carry three matte black seeds, each imprinted with its own white heart. Who says plants can't show affection to their caregivers?

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 14 to 21
Days to Maturity 98
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 to 24 inches
Height at Maturity 8 to 10 feet
Width at Maturity 18 inches
Growing Instructions

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors a few weeks earlier. Vines can grow to 8-10 feet--trellising required. Balloon Vine enjoys sun and rich, moist soil. May self-sow in the Northeast; not recommended for warmer areas.

About the Art and Artist

Artwork by Cal Patch. Cal is a crafty farmer who sews, crochets, embroiders, spins yarn, knits, dyes and more on her little less-than-two acre farm in Accord, NY. She makes her own clothes and thinks you should too!