Plant ID forum: Monster Weed!

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Dec 19, 2016 6:33 PM CST
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This thing started out as a really small weed in our backyard. The area is along a fence that used to separate us from the neighbor's bamboo grove. We worked together for a few years to remove and eradicate the bamboo and we've been bamboo-free for more than 18 months. My wife wanted to just leave this alone to see what would happen. But it's now shot up to over 6' high and it's sorta taking over from the plants around it.

The scary part to me is that the stems look very much like bamboo although none of the rest of it does.

I now notice that the neighbor has one about this size across their yard from where the bamboo is but neither of us actually planted it.

Can some please identify this monster?
Name: Jay
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Dec 19, 2016 6:48 PM CST
I believe that is Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

Name: Hetty
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Dec 19, 2016 7:22 PM CST
I agree and please note that this plant is highly poisonous.
Name: Daisy I
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Dec 19, 2016 7:29 PM CST
So don't be fooled by the name. Its not a bean so don't eat it.
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Dec 19, 2016 8:37 PM CST
HAHAHAHA.....yeah, I sorta noticed.....

Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of plant are toxic. Seeds highly toxic.

Guess I should also alert the neighbor so they can remove theirs too. They have three dogs that spend time in the backyard (although they DO bark incessantly for many hours at a time....hmmm), I'd better tell them.

Thanks to all of you for such a quick and accurate assessment and the warning!
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Dec 26, 2016 8:41 AM CST
I've grown it without thinking my dog would eat it, but with dogs fenced in with it that sound like they're neglected, at least ignored for lengths of time, I agree it would be a good idea to tell them.
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