Cardiospermum halicacabum (Balloon Vine)

Cardiospermum halicacabum, also known as Balloon Vine, is a wildflower native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It has recently been introduced to many parts of the United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

This beautiful flower is a member of the Sapindaceae family and typically grows to about 10 feet high. It has small white flowers with black seeds in its center giving it a unique look. The entire plant has a thin, trailing vine-like structure with small and delicate leaves.

Cardiospermum halicacabum is perfect for wildflower lovers wanting to add some color and texture to their garden. It is easy to grow and maintain, making it an ideal choice for novice gardeners or those looking for a low maintenance flower.

Cardiospermum halicacabum Information

Common NamesBalloon Vine
Native to USAPR, VI
Introduced to USAAL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA 
SizeAbout 10 feet

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cardiospermum halicacabum edible?

Cardiospermum halicacabum is not edible. All parts of the plant are generally considered toxic to humans and other animals if ingested.

Is Cardiospermum halicacabum an invasive species?

No, Cardiospermum halicacabum is not an invasive species in the USA. It typically stays within the same area and does not spread to other habitats.