Cardiospermum halicacabum - Sapindaceae,Soapberry Family
DESCRIPTION: Woody vine, climbing by tendrils.
Height: Climbing vine
Flowers: Small, white, in bunches, often slightly fragrant. Throughout
Fruit: Attractive, 1/2 to 1 inch oval,
inflated papery pod resembling a small balloon, pinkish on top and greenish on the bottom
Foliage: Evergreen, attractive, three-leaflet clusters, 2 to 5 inches long
Growth rate: Fast
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Drainage: Good to moderate
Water: Drought tolerant once established
Maintenance: Little needed
NATIVE HABITAT: Short brush thickets, along fences and roadsides.
WILDLIFE USE: Food for caterpillars of the Silver-banded Hairstreak and the Mexican Gray Hairstreak butterflies.
COMMENTS: Cold hardy. An excellent choice for a trellis or to cover a fence.