The Main Plant entry for Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

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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)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 7:41 PM

Honey bees get pollen from this plant.

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