R. communis. Also known as Castor Bean. Large, decorative, deep greenish-brown leaves with bright flowers and spiny seed pods. Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous. Add something exotic to your garden. Ricinus is grown for grand stature, with its huge, tropical foliage and ornamental seed pods. Sow outdoors after final frost. Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous. Height 4-5 feet. Approximately 6 seeds/pkg.
Start inside 6-8 weeks before planting out in large peat pots. Soak seeds for 24 hours and cover with 1 inch of soil and provide a warm soil of 21 degrees C. Can also be planted directly outdoors after the soil warms up and after all risk of frost. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location, 2-3 feet apart.
The richer the soil, the larger this plant will grow.
Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous.