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Faux Persil Balloon Vine - Cardiospermum cornidum

Other common names for this plant include Balloon vine and Heartseed.

Faux persil balloon vine is one of five vines considered native or naturalized to the United States in the genus Cardiospermum. Confusingly, all five of the vines are often referred to as 'balloon vine' or 'heartseed'. Frustratingly, there seems to be mixed opinions as to the native status of the various balloon vines. Add to these facts that the various balloon vines can be an aggressive weed under certain conditions and it may not seem worth consideration for butterfly gardening. But experienced butterfly gardeners in south Florida and south Texas feel otherwise, and for this reason, faux persil balloon vine is included in NABA's list of plants.

 

  • Florida
  • Texas

In southern Florida, faux persil balloonvine is an evergreen vine found growing at the edges of costal hammocks in locations where soils contain some organic matter. Flowering all year, it can be started from seed.

Importance as a caterpillar food source in Florida: Miami blue, silver-banded hairstreak, and amethyst hairstreak caterpillars all use faux persil balloonvine as a food source. It is also sometimes a food source for the gray hairstreak caterpillars.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source in Florida: Gardeners! Send in a rating for this section.

The current rating for faux persil balloonvine in Florida is:

Garden Rating
Nectar Rating
Caterpillar Rating
2
?
3

If you have experience growing faux persil balloonvine, we would like your opinion. Let us know how it performed in your butterfly garden. Your comments will help other butterfly gardeners in your region to create better butterfly gardens:

 

Faux Persil Balloonvine Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Unavailable
Bloom Period
All year
Bloom Color
White
Plant Height
Vine that may grow 10 feet or more
Plant Spread
Varies
Light Exposure
Full sun
Soil Moisture
Well drained; once established, is very drought tolerant
Animal/Disease Problems
Low tolerance for salt water or salt wind

 

 

In southern Texas, faux persil balloonvine's native habitat is brush lands in Cameron, Hildago, and Willacy counties, while in Arizona it is found growing in rocky soils in the lower Sonoran desert.

Importance as a caterpillar food source in Texas and Arizona: Silver-banded hairstreak and Common Banner caterpillars use faux persil balloonvine as a food source.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source in Texas and Arizona: Gardeners! Send in a rating for this section.

The current rating for faux persil balloonvine in Texas and Arizona is:

Garden Rating
Nectar Rating
Caterpillar Rating
2
?
3

If you have experience growing faux persil balloonvine, we would like your opinion. Let us know how it performed in your butterfly garden. Your comments will help other butterfly gardeners in your region to create better butterfly gardens:

 

Faux Persil Balloonvine Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Unavailable
Bloom Period
All year
Bloom Color
White
Plant Height
Vine that may grow 10 feet or more
Plant Spread
Varies
Light Exposure
Full sun
Soil Moisture
Once established, is very drought tolerant
Animal/Disease Problems
None

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Native range for Faux Persil Balloonvine (Cardiospermum cornidum)

 

 

Detail of native range for Faux Persil Balloonvine (Cardiospermum cornidum) in Florida

 

Detail of native range for Faux Persil Balloonvine (Cardiospermum cornidum) in Arizona and Texas
 

 
 
     

 

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