Scientific Name: Ricinus communis
Common Name: castor bean
Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 °C)
Plant Type: Annual
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Very coarse
Landscape Uses: Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Alternate, Leathery, Heavily veined, Palmate venation, Glabrous, Orbicular, Palmately lobed, Serrate
Flowers: Cyme, Green, Pink, Red, Jul-Aug
Fruit: Schizocarp, Green, Pink, Red, Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Leaves glossy, 15-45cm long, long-stalked, alternate and palmate with 5-12 deep lobes with coarsely toothed segments; panicle-like inflorescence up to 15cm long with lower male and upper female flowers, reddish stigmas and or bracts; fruit a spiny capsule about 2cm wide.