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Name: Sean
Southern WI
Getsome
Aug 25, 2016 1:45 PM CST
This plant appeared in our garden this year. We did add some dirt this year, so maybe that is how it got there. There are several of them with the largest 10' tall. The stalk looks like bamboo, and the leaves are very large and growing in clumps of 8 I think. One has a red stalk and the others are green. It is growing in our pumpkin patch.

Can you help identify this please? Is it invasive or dangerous? What should we do with it?
Thanks for your help!

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 25, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Welcome! to NGA

They are Castor Bean plants - all parts are poisonous.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 25, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Welcome! Surprising to have so many just show up like that! Castor bean plants (Ricinus communis) will not survive where you are once the weather turns cold.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 25, 2016 2:03 PM CST
Free gifts with the soil Sean brought in. Smiling
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 25, 2016 2:08 PM CST
DaisyI said:Free gifts with the soil Sean brought in. Smiling


Presumably, but still odd to be in purchased (?) soil and also to have got to that height in a single season without having been started before the last frost date. Must be a very fertile pumpkin patch combined with an extra hot summer!

Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 25, 2016 2:23 PM CST
@sooby and @daisyl I love it! Do you think this would grow well here in 7a/b? Terri
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 25, 2016 2:26 PM CST
It would grow well as an annual. It gets much bigger where it is warm enough to winter over. Bear in mind that it is poisonous, as Daisy mentioned.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 25, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Very pretty plant but highly toxic. More photos and information:
Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)
http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/Crops/CastorBean.aspx
http://wimastergardener.org/article/castor-bean-ricinus-comm...
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Name: Sean
Southern WI
Getsome
Aug 26, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Thanks to everyone for all the help identifying. There must have been seeds in the soil we bought in last fall, it was supposedly organic soil. It was all tilled this spring before planting. Hopefully they don't come back next year. They'll be gone soon enough, fall is almost here.

Thanks again for the help!

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