This astonishingly amusing plant is native to south east Africa, but it has been widely naturalized and is often used as an ornamental garden plant. The name "balloon plant" is an allusion to the swelling bladder-like follicles which are full of seeds. Blooming in warm months, it grows in the wild on roadside banks, at elevations of 2800 to 5000 feet above sea level where it prefers moderate moisture, as well as sandy and well-drained soil and full sun.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 15 and 20 degrees C. Germination usually occurs within 4 to 6 weeks although some seeds may take much longer.
Common name:balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, bishop's balls, nailhead, or swan plant
Classification:Half hardy shrub
Packet Content:12 (Approx)