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Love Puff Heart Vine Cardiospermum Halicacabum Seeds
Packet of 10+ freshly harvested seeds.
This pretty little fella is great I reckon. Easy to grow little vine that has been used everything from snake bite to arthritic conditions like rheumatism.
The leaves crushed and make into tea are great on wasp stings and insect bites, and apparently the leaf juice has been used in India as a treatment for earache.
When crushed up with salt a couple small handfuls of the leaf and stem make an effective poultice for swollen joints.
Native to a wide band that extends from Africa right through to Asia, it seems to really love the wetter months here. In the dry it really struggled, still setting a constant flow of little tiny white flowers and Tomatillo like pods. Now that the rain has kicked in it is booming, looks really cool and the leaves make a great addition to noodles and soups.
It is one among the “Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as “Dasapushpam”. Its love of moist weather, and a few unruly relatives have meant it is now considered a weed in New Zealand, but after growing here for a while now, and seeing how the kangaroos wipe it out, and the birds completely leave the seed alone, I really can’t imagine issues over here.
I recently had a customer say the following>>>
“Thank you for the extra seeds.
This plant is well known for its capability of increasing male strength , like Viagra. 🙂
In Sri lanka its called Welpenela and common as a pre breakfast porridge with rice, and available in ready-made packs.”
Please note, this is NOT the other plant commonly called “Balloon vine” or “Heart seed”, that plant is Cardiospermum Grandiflorum or Cardiospermum Hirsutum and it is a massive much more aggressive and prolific plant that I never suggest you grow. This fella is tiny, much more manageable, edible and attractive.
Grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!