Balloon vine

Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Balloon vine

Balloon vine

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - DOC
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants

This species is rare in New Zealand, but has the potential to become widespread.

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Balloon vine is a perennial climber. Its name comes from the light-green thin-walled papery 4-8 cm long inflated capsule containing three black seeds. The light-green leaves are divided into three sets of three leaflets. White four-petalled flowers occur throughout the year.


The fruits are carried by wind or water. The plant grows in moist areas along river edges, forest margins and road edges. It can climb up to 10 m high, smother taller vegetation and shade small plants.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

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Page last updated: 22 April 2016