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Ricinus communis/Castor Bean

Ricinus communis / Ricinus communis
Close-up of burgundy colored foliage
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Close-up of burgundy colored foliage

Young developing stalk of seeds

Mature seed pods that contain poisonous seeds

Colorful foliage is the main attraction of this annual

Coarse textured foliage

Castor bean is a strong contrast to the finer textured rosemary and boxwood foliage

Developing seeds

With vivid red seed in late summer

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Scientific Name: Ricinus communis
Common Name: Castor Bean
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This plant is also listed in references as Palma christi. Seeds are contained in dry, prickly burlike pods. The seeds are poisonous. In warm climates this plant can be treated as a perennial, but second-year plants are not very attractive. Self-seeding occurs in places where conditions for growth are favorable.