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Balloon Plant Seeds (Cardiospermum halicacabum)

Balloon Plant Seeds (Cardiospermum halicacabum)

Price for Package of 3 seeds.

Cardiospermum halicacabum, known as the balloon plant or love in a puff, is a climbing plant widely distributed across tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, Australia, and North America

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Balloon Plant Seeds (Cardiospermum halicacabum)

Price for Package of 3 seeds.

Cardiospermum halicacabum, known as the balloon plant or love in a puff, is a climbing plant widely distributed across tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, Australia, and North America. It is often found as a weed along roads and rivers.

The green parts of the plant are eaten as vegetables. J. E. Tenison-Woods records that the seeds can be eaten while the fruit was eaten roasted.

The root is diuretic and demulcent. It is mucilaginous, but has a nauseous taste, and is used to treat rheumatism. Sanskrit writers describe the root as emetic, laxative, stomachic, and rubefacient; they prescribe it in rheumatism, nervous diseases, piles, etc. The leaves are used in amenorrhoea.

Rheede says that on the Malabar coast the leaves are administrated for pulmonic complaints. According to Ainslie, the root is considered laxative and is given in dosages of half a cupful twice daily. "It would appear that in rheumatism the Hindus [sic.] administer the leaves internally rubbed up with castor-oil, and also apply a paste, made with them, externally; a similar external application is used to reduce swellings and tumors of various kinds. (Dymock.)"

In New Zealand, it is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord which identifies pest plants that are prohibited from commercial propagation and distribution. In Bermuda, it is listed as a Category 1 Invasive Plant by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Within the United States, four southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas) have all placed this plant on their individual noxious weed lists.

It is one among the "Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala", collectively known as dasapushpam.

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Handpicked seeds ?
Handpicked seeds
Organic Seeds ?
Organic Seeds
Organic/natural ?
Organic/Natural: Yes
Edible ?
Edible
Pretreatment of sowing ?
Soak in water before sowing 12-24 h
Sowing depth ?
Sowing depth 1 cm
Plant height ?
Plant height (about) 1.5 - 4 m
Medicinal Plant ?
Medicinal Plant: Yes

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