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Balloon Vine Plant In Gardens: Tips For Growing Love In A Puff Vine

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Love in a puff plant is a tropical to sub-tropical vine with tiny white flowers and green papery fruits. The vine is a heat lover that is charming when draped over a fence or trellis. Learn more about growing the plant in this article.

Love-In-A-Mist Plant Profile

Nigella (Nigella damascena) earns the common name "Love-in-a-Mist" because of the tangle of ferny, fennel-like foliage that forms a mist around the flowers. Once you see N. damascena in bloom, you will always recognize it by its unique mist of airy bracts and foliage. Its botanical genus name is derived from Niger, the Latin word for black, which refers to the rich black seeds of the plant, and the species is named after Damascus, a city near which the plant grows in the wild.

The foliage of N. damascena plant is ferny, the flowers are fluffy, and the seed pods are intriguing. Best known for the vivid blue-blossom variety, love-in-a-mist also has cultivars that bloom in purples, pinks, and white. The plants bloom for several weeks, starting in late spring. If they resow, you can have blooms through fall.

Love-in-a-mist is a wonderful cottage garden plant and a great filler. The airy foliage makes a nice complement to broader-leaved plants. The flowers keep well when cut, and even the seed pods can be dried and used in arrangements. To dry the pods, cut while the pods are still green and somewhat fresh. Tie the stems into a bundle and hand upside down to dry. You can cut the seed pods in half to display the interesting seed chamber structure.

Botanical Name Nigella Damascena
Common Name Love-in-a-mist, devil-in-the-bush, nigella
Plant Type Annual flowering plant
Mature Size 8 to 20 inches tall, 3 to 6 inches wide
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Soil Type Average, well-drained soil
Soil pH 6.6 to 7.5
Bloom Time Late spring to fall
Flower Color Blue, purple, pink, white
Hardiness Zones NA (true annual) grown in zones 2 to 11 (USDA)
Native Area Southern Europe, north Africa, southwest Asia
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Cardiospermum Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Balloon Vine, Heart Seed, Winter Cherry, Heart Seed Vine, Love in a Vine, Heart Pea.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial usually grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 120 inches (300 cm).
Native: Tropical regions of Africa, India and the Americas.
Growing Region: Annual: zones 3 to 10. As a perennial in zones 9 and 10.
Flowers: Summer.
Flower Details: White flowers plants are usually grown for their showy fruits.
Foliage: Feathery.
Fruit: Round.
Sow Outdoors: 1/2 inch (12mm). Following last frost. Spacing 20 to 48 inches (50 to 120 cm).
Sow Indoors: It is a good idea to start off indoors in order to prolong the growing season. Germination time: three to five weeks. Temperature 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C). Seven to eight weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors a few weeks after the last frost minimum temperature should not fall below 40°F (5°C).
Requirements: Full sunlight. Good drainage. Ordinary soils. Regular watering. Supply a trellis. Propagate from cuttings taken in the spring.
Family: Sapindaceae.
Miscellaneous: Invasive species in Southern USA and South Africa.

Tips & Information about Love in a Puff - garden

Scientific names are boring and hard to pronounce. That’s why flowers have common names- ones that are fun to say and easy to remember! And since it’s February and love is in the air, let’s take a look at some flowers with romantic names.

Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

The bleeding heart is one of the most easily recognized garden plants. These old-fashioned flowers are a cottage garden favourite because they are easy to grow and will self-seed. Bleeding hearts are named for their heart-shaped flowers that look like they are dripping with love. The pink and white bi-coloured is the most popular variety, but also available in red and yellow. Plant in partial shade with other shade-loving plants in fertile soil. Be sure to give them enough space, as they have a tendency to spread. These pretty flowers can also be grown indoors and can be used as a cut flower.

" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" srcset=" 347w, 150w, 300w" sizes="(max-width: 347px) 100vw, 347px" />The Forget-Me-Not is a popular garden flower. Gardeners love them because they are easy to grow and can tolerate different growing conditions. These low growing, clump-forming plants would be ideal as ground covers or in rock gardens. They are also quite fragrant in the evening. Forget-me-nots are typically blue with yellow centers, but there are some that are white and pink. These dainty flowers are as romantic as they come. In the language of flowers, forget-me-nots symbolizes faithfulness, true love and remembrance. Some people believe that by wearing the flower, he/she will not be forgotten by his/her lover.

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Persicaria orientale)

This charming flower is known for the chains of delicate pink flowers that grow profusely over the course of the season. Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate is a fast growing plant can reach 12 feet or more in height! The perfect solution for creating privacy or for covering up an ugly wall. KMOTGG would also look absolutely stunning over a gate or fence- the perfect place for a kiss! To take the plant to those sky-soaring heights, it requires plenty of light. The plant is easy to grow and doesn’t require much maintenance. It will self-seed.

Love-in-a-Puff/Heart Seed (Cardiospermum Halicacabum)

Love-in-a-Puff is a climbing plant native to tropical climates of Africa and Asia that produces tiny, white flowers. The plant can grow from 7-10 feet tall, which make them ideal for trellises, fences and walls. The name Love-in-a-Puff refers the black seeds with white hearts on them, the “love,” found inside the seedpods or “puff.” The attractive seedpods that appear after the flowers have faded look like little green paper lanterns, kind of like the orange-coloured Chinese Lantern.

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena)

Cardiospermum halicacabum (‘Love in a Puff’)

Based on 13 reviews
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I fell in love with this climber, trialled in our garden and greenhouse last summer.

First come the delicate flowers, then the green balloon seedpods, each one holding a black seed inside marked with a perfect white heart – hence, its common name Love-in-a-puff.

Common NameLove in a Puff
Border PositionOn a Climbing Support
Soil TypeBroad Tolerance
SiteFull Sun
MoistureMoist but Well-drained
Height3.0m (10ft)
Spacing60cm (24in)
Sowing, Seeds, PlantingSow indoors or in a glasshouse in spring. Sow 1cm deep into moist, well-drained seed compost.Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 9cm pots and grow on. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed.Prefers any moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Will require a structure on which to climb.
Care TipsProvide support for climbing - best in a sheltered spot.
FloweringJuly - October
HarvestingFlower production: 4 months
    Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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Cardiospermum halicacabum (‘Love in a Puff’) reviews

Average based on 13 reviews

Reviewed 19th September 2019 by Christine

Disappointed, has not grown much at all. I do have a few seed heads but I was hoping for a taller display.

Reviewed 15th August 2019 by Anne

Little tricky but now growing well and looking forward to seeing in bloom

Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Anita

Germinated easily but they haven’t really grown I. The ground and have remained very small and short plants.

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sandra

Took a long time to establish and only grew to about 14 inches high.

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Anne

Little tricky but now growing well and looking forward to seeing in bloom

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Valerie

They did not do very well in my greenhouse

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

Disappointing, one dead plant on arrival and two others looking very small and frail, died within a week. Remaining plants have survived and only noe end of July could be said to be thriving. Flowers are minuscule, greenery pleasant just as well I planted it with other climbers so at least provides a contrast in greenery.

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by William

All germinated, very slow to grow !! Other than at All okay

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ms Ingram

Seem Ok so far. Haven’t flowered yet

Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julia

Unusual plant looking forward to seeing it in its full glory.

Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Ann

Great once they get going

Reviewed 22nd July 2018 by Dido Blench

Of the five seedlings I originally ordered only one survived. These were kindly replaced by the SR team, and of the next five another two collapsed so out of 10 seedlings only 4 healthy specimens survived. However these have been fantastic, and are currently romping away over a series of arches and look great. I'm not sure I'll order these again, though, with such a high failure rate.


Reviewed 9th June 2018 by Alison Moy

I literally could not resist this gorgeous plant and bought 5 seedlings. Only 2 have survived to date. I grew them on in pots in a nice, sunny-ish, sheltered position (that sounds so gardeny and competent doesn't it? It really means they were on the windowsill and then the garden table until they got big enough to plant out!). The failures just sort of keeled over, no idea why. The 2 survivors are in the garden, one is about a foot tall now - fingers crossed!

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