One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical American vine with inflated rounded pods.
Cardiospermum halicacabum, family Sapiondaceae
- ‘Plant balloon vines in full sun and average garden soil after danger of frost has passed.’
- ‘At the base of each flower cluster is a tendril, which balloon vine uses to climb.’
- ‘The balloon vines are a common feature of the Green River, Florissant, and Ruby floras of the Eocene.’
- ‘The carving abounded in motifs from nature including swallows, hydrangeas, azaleas, geraniums, lilies, palmyras, and balloon vines.’
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