The Dirty Gardener Ricinus Communis Castor Bean Shrub
Common name: castor bean, castor oil plant, palma christi, ricin, wonder tree, krapata, djarak, reer. The castor bean plant, an erect, tropical shrub or small tree, grows up to 30 feet tall. As an annual in the cooler zones, it grows up to 15' tall. Do you want a private hedge in less than 2 months? Then the castor bean is the right plant for you. The tropical look gives your yard an exotic flair. Hardiness: USDA zone 2 - 7 as an annual and 8 - 11 as a perennial. Propagation: seeds and cuttings. Caution: Plants are toxic, especially the seeds. The perfect plant to chase moles away. Bloom Time: Mid-Summer - Early Fall. Hardiness Zone: 9 Ð 11. Plant Height: 48 - 72". Plant Spacing: 36 - 48". Light Requirements: Sun. Soil / Water: Average: The Castor Bean plant is a natural mole repellant. The seeds are huge and have a lovely marbled pattern and come in various shades of red and black. They are poisonous especially to small children and pets, so should not be eaten and should be stored and handled with care. This plant grows very quickly, and can even grow as much as 15 feet in 1 year! It has a wonderful tropical look with its huge dramatic leaves.
- Add a unique and stunning look to properties with a caster oil plant
- Produces a large, tall shrub with huge, silvery leaves and deep red seed heads
- Grows up to 40 feet tall and hardy in zones 8-11
- Repels moles, mosquitos and other biting insects