Cardiospermum grandiflorum Sw.
Nov.Gen.Sp.Pl. 64 (1788)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 3 October 1997

Rampant climber, to 10 m high. Fl. white, Dec. Disturbed creeklines.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Perth.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Canning, Melville.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Vine. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Water, wind, garden waste. Vegetative regeneration strategy. coppices/resprouts. Seedbank persistence. Soil, short, days-1 year.

Notes. Highly invasive, prefering moist habitats. Forms large, smothering curtains that eventually kill the vegetation below. Produces copious amounts of seeds. Fruits can float. Seedlings usually germinate en masse following clearing or disturbance around infestations.

Additional information. Origin. tropical America, African and Asia. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar exotic species. Cardiospermum halicacabum.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull seedlings and small plants ensuring removal of taproot; for larger vines, sever stems and dig out taproot; scrape and paint using 100% glyphosate or foliar spray with glyphosate 1.5%. Follow up work will be required for 18 months. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering Y Y O O O O         O Y  
Fruiting   O Y Y Y O             Mature

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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Project information and acknowledgements