The combination of Cardiospermum halicacabum's balloon like fruits, and seeds marked with hearts, gives this species its common name, "love in a puff". Give the perfect Christmas 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!
Adopt one of these lovely heart-marked seeds as a special gift for your partner this Christmas.