This genus has but one species, Ricinus communis, but it has been cultivated for at least 6,000 years. Ancient Egyptians burned oil from the seed in lamps. Today the oil is widely sold for its laxative properties, and gardeners use the fast-growing plants as tropical flourishes to turn up the heat in tepid perennial borders.
The variety 'Carmencita Bright Red' has large maroon leaves, red stems, and spiky, 1″ red seedpods. All parts of Castor Bean are toxic if eaten, and the foliage may affect skin allergies, so take care with children and pets. Perennial in Zones 9-10, where plants will grow much taller.
For more information no growing Ricinus, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Neophyte Gardener from Okemos, MI
This is a fabulous plant-receives many compliments. I'm surprised that the castor bean (ricinus) is not found in more gardens. It grows very quickly-I received my 3 plants about 4-5 weeks ago and they have more than doubled in height. One already has developed the red sparkle-shaped flower. The bronze foliage is a great contrast against the various green hues of my other plants. Probably the best feature is that no animal has "munched on" the leaves. Will order again next year!
Latin Name Pronunciation: ry'-sin-us
This handsome foliage plant in the Euphorbia family appreciates rich, well-drained soil in full sun. It may require staking in windy locations. The large seeds are easy to save for next year's garden. Because all parts of Ricinus communis are toxic if eaten, keep it away from children and pets.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click How to grow annuals.