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Balloon Vine

Cardiospermum corindum

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Vine
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6-10' × 6-10'
Flowering Season March-September
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 20 °F
Leaf Description Compound, in 3's
Fruit Round seeds in a balloon-like pod
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Elevation Range 3000-4000 ft.
Description Extremely rare in Arizona, reported only from the Coyote Mountains of Pima County. This is a smaller vine, but can grow quite dense with time. The flowers are fairly small but lovely starting white and fading pink. The seeds are like large peppercorns inside of a balloon-like seed pod. This vine is most appropriate for southern Arizona where it could be grown up into the lower branches of mesquite (Prosopis velutina), or acacia (Vachellia farnesiana).