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Cardiospermum halicacabum Linnaeus. Balloon Vine, Heartseed, Love-in-a-puff. Phen: (Jan-) Jun-Sep (-Dec). Hab: Thickets, riverbanks, cultivated or abandoned fields, other disturbed areas. Dist: Probably native in at least the southwestern part of our area, south through tropical America. Its native distribution is obscured by later cultivation and spread. André Michaux collected in the region of Illinois in the 1790s, an early period to assume that it was non-native.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, Bah, F, Fl4, G, GrPl, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, S, S13, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, WH3; = Cardiospermum halicababum – C, orthographic error; = Cardiospermum halicacabum L. var. halicacabum – Brizicky (1963)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Great Plains: FAC
  • Midwest: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily ?: 6

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image of plant© Aidan Campos source | Original Image ⭷
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