Cardiospermum corindum

balloonvine, heartseed, faux persil


wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: vine
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: climbing    Width: to 10' or more
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      white
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Propagation: Seed
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers, Friends
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant  
Larval host plant for Miami blue (Hemiargus thomasi) and silver-banded hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis) butterflies; occasional larval host for the gray hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus).
Native Habitats: Coastal hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Blooms all year. Recruits readily in the garden from seed.