Modakathan

  • Known as: Balloon vine, Heart seed
  • Scientific name: Cardiospermum halicacabum
  • Place of origin: Tropical America.
  • Description: Deciduous, woody perennial to annual and fast-growing (up to 3 m) vine that has forked tendrils as support to climb. The leaves are lobate with large teeth like serrated edges.  They have small, white irregular flowers.  The fruit is balloon-like with a thin papery skin and  bloated and angled capsules with three black seeds each.   The seed  has a heart shaped scar.
  • Grow best: Easy to grow it is an invasive weed
  • Use: Leaves are used in Ayurveda and in making teas too.