Love-in-a-Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Flower Color: White
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

Leaves and seed pod

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Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 2, 2012 7:08 AM

Delightful, dainty little climber that is fast-growing to 10 ft.

The vine is generally grown as an annual. It has tiny white flowers followed by 1.5” across seed pods that look like little green puffs. These pods contain black seeds and each is marked with a heart shaped spot where it attaches, hence the common name. Needs a trellis or support. Easy to collect the seeds after the pods become dry and papery and turn brown. Self-sows.

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