Cardiospermum corindum

Balloonvine, Heartseed, Faux Persil

Sapindaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Vine
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Propagation:Seed
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:

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). (https://www.regionalconservation.org/)

Insects:
 

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). (IRC).

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Blooms all year. Recruits readily in the garden from seed.