Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3039

Herbaceous vine
Annual/Biennial/Perennial

Non-native: Tropical America
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2004
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Biternately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Functionally unisexual
Not symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Green
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 117-01-001:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed