Love in a puff
Cardiospermum halicacabum

The combination of Cardiospermum halicacabum's balloon-like fruits, and seeds marked with hearts, gives this species its common name, "love in a puff". Native to tropical America, this vine has tiny white flowers and is also known as balloon plant. Give the perfect gift by adopting the seed of love in a puff for that special someone.

Originating from Tropical America, Cardiospermum halicacabum is a scrambling deciduous vine growing up to 3 m long. It is not the flowers that are showy but rather the inflated seed capsules, which give it the common names ‘love in a puff’ or ‘balloon vine’.

The tiny white flowers stand in rolls on long flower stems of 5 to 10 cm in length. The capsules have three compartments, each one containing a single black spherical seed. The seed is fixed to its compartment by a small attachment, and as this breaks, it leaves behind a white heart shaped mark on the seed.

Every part of this plant has medicinal properties and can be used for the treatment of a wide range of ailments including digestive disorders, rheumatism and snakebites!

Seed facts:

  • The white heart-shaped mark on the seed is from where it attaches to the seed capsule
  • The name is a Latinisation of the Greek: kardia meaning heart, and sperma meaning seed

Adopt one of these lovely heart-marked seeds as a special gift for your partner.

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