Balloon Vine

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BALLOON VINE

Cardiospermum halicacabum - Sapindaceae,Soapberry Family



DESCRIPTION: Woody vine, climbing by tendrils. 

Height: Climbing vine

Flowers: Small, white, in bunches, often slightly fragrant. Throughout 
the year 

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 
and wide 

Growth rate: Fast

REQUIREMENTS:

Sun: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Any

Drainage: Good to moderate

Water: Drought tolerant once established

Maintenance: Little needed

Propagation: Seeds

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.


BALLOON VINE

 

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