Heart Seed (Cardiospermum halicacabum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Heart Seed
Cardiospermum halicacabum
Sapindaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The whole plant is diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, laxative, refrigerant, rubefacient, stomachic and sudorific[218]. It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, nervous diseases, stiffness of the limbs and snakebite[240, 243].

    The leaves are rubefacient, they are applied as a poultice in the treatment of rheumatism[240, 243]. A tea made from them is used in the treatment of itchy skin[218]. Salted leaves are used as a poultice on swellings[218].The leaf juice has been used as a treatment for earache[240, 243].

    The root is diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative and rubefacient[240]. It is occasionally used in the treatment of rheumatism, lumbago and nervous diseases[240].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and young shoots – cooked[1, 105, 177, 272]. Used as a spinach[2].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 3 – 4 weeks at 20¡c[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Prefers a moist soil and a sunny sheltered position[138], but succeeds in most soils[1]. A frost-tender deciduous climber, it is grown as an annual in Britain[188].
E. Asia – India. N. America. Africa. Locally naturalized in S. Europe[50].

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