Balsam Apple Vine

Balsam Apple Vine
Item# mombal
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Product Description

(Momordica balsamina)--ALL PARTS ARE POISONOUS--This odd vine is native to tropical Asia and Africa and was used medicinally (to treat topical wounds) in Europe by the mid 1500s. Small (one inch) yellow flowers are followed by odd 1-2 inch yellow/orange fruits that, when ripe, split open to reveal seeds encased in vivid red sticky sap. Grown by Jefferson at Monticello as an ornamental oddity. Full sun. Climbs to 6 feet - Annual in areas with freezing winters (can take over in zones 7 and higher)- 10 seeds.