Castor Bean (Ricinus communis 'Impala') in the Castor Beans Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 5 to 15 feet (1.5-4.6m)
Plant Spread: 2 to 8 feet (.6-2.4m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Red
Other: yellow/green
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of plant are toxic. Seeds highly toxic.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Scarify seeds: Soak for 24 hours
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Comments:
Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Oct 3, 2011 10:11 PM

Grown in full sun 'Impala' is fuller with better color. Fun to watch grow, almost before your eyes. Leaves grow to about 24" across.
I purchased a pack of seeds, scarified and soaked for 24hrs. 6 of 9 germinated. Direct sowed, 1/4" deep, 3rd week of May. 5 of 6 grew. This falls crop, about 90 seeds, was suddenly ended by our October snow.

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