LOVE IN A PUFF EDIBLE GREEN LANTERNS SMALL BALLOON VINE CARDISPERMUM HALICACAGRUM CLIMBER $2.50

VERY CUTE! LOVE IN A PUFF! LITTLE GREEN LANTERNS ADORN THIS PRETTY CLIMBER (OR GROUND COVER). THIS PLANT CAN BECOME INVASIVE IN TROPICAL AND WET ENVIRONMENTS.

Cardiospermum halicacabum is a deciduous climbing shrub growing about 3 metres tall and often much branched from the base. The stems scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation and supporting themselves by means of tendrils. The plant is harvested from the wild, mainly for use as a medicine, food and source of various commodities. It is sold as a vegetable in many markets around the world and is cultivated for its various uses, it is also sometimes grown as an ornamental.

Leaves and young shoots – cooked and eaten as a vegetable also used as a spinach.

Leaves and young shoots are cut into small pieces and cooked with salt and chilli, and garnished with mustard seeds, curry leaves and onions in oil.

The whole plant is said to be diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, a laxative, refrigerant, rubefacient, stomachic and sudorific. The leaves are rubefacient, they are applied as a poultice in the treatment of rheumatism. A tea made from them is used in the treatment of itchy skin. Salted leaves are used as a poultice on swellings. The leaf juice has been used as a treatment for earache. The roots are reported to be used in the treatment of catarrh of the bladder and urinary tract.

It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, nervous diseases, stiffness of the limbs and snakebite. An oil can be obtained from the seed. The seed oil is said to have insect repellent properties and an antifeedant action on insects. The leaves are said to be used for washing clothes and the hair. The attractive seeds are used as beads.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

Sow
Succeeds in the tropics, subtropics and warmer regions of the temperate zone.
Prefers a moist soil and a sunny sheltered position. Does succeed in most soils.
Plants can flower and fruit all year round, except during prolonged periods of drought. The first flower in every cyme is usually female, all others male.

Sow in light shade in a pot or seed tray. Scarification can improve germination rates and reduce germination time. (Soak seeds

Germination usually takes place within 3 – 4 weeks at 20°c.

When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.

IT IS PERMITTED FOR IMPORT INTO WA BUT PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT TO SEE IF IT IS ALLOWED IN YOUR AREA BEFORE BUYING. WE WILL NOT SELL THIS SEED TO QUEENSLAND DUE TO IT’S CAPABILITY OF BECOMING A WEED, IF ADDED WE WILL REMOVE IT FROM YOUR ORDER AND REFUND. PLEASE DISPOSE OF CUTTINGS AND ALL PLANT PIECES IN A PLASTIC BAG AND THEN IN THE BIN. KEEP YOUR PLANT TRIMMED, THIS CAN AND WILL CLIMB INTO YOUR GARDEN.

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