Bright green balloons hide heart-emblazoned seeds!
You'll fall in love with this tall, climbing vine–with its bright green puffs and heart-emblazoned seeds! A vigorous grower, Balloon vine belongs to the soapberry family and can reach 10' tall in full sun. The three-chambered, lantern-shaped pods produce matte-black seeds, each imprinted with their own white heart: pure poetry in plant form!
Cardiospermum halicacabum (Cardio = heart, sperma = seed) is variously known as Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-Puff, and Heart Seed. Perfect for a romantic bower or privacy screen, the tiny white flowers attract pollinators and the foliage grows densely enough to provide shade. Grow this vine and it will love you right back. After all, who says plants can't show affection to their caregivers?
|Art Pack (20 seeds)||$4.49||In Stock | Packed for 2024|
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Direct sow after frost, or start indoors a few weeks earlier. Vines can grow to 8-10'–trellising required. Balloon Vine enjoys sun and rich, moist soil. May self-sow in the Northeast; not recommended for warmer areas.
|Days to Germination||14-21|
|Days to Maturity||98|
|Spacing in Row||12"|
|Spacing Between Rows||18-24"|
|Height at Maturity||8-10'|
|Width at Maturity||18"|
Artwork by Cal Patch. Her handmade apron is decorated with cross-stitched lettering and embroidered pods. It allows those who wear it to keep seeds close their hearts in the garden, in the studio, and in the kitchen.