Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean Plant

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean Plant - Ricinus communis Carmencita
Latin name:
Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’

Description: Very easy and essential exotic annual. Branching shrub that can grow to staggering proportions in one season. Sown in April it will reach 2m by late summer with large Fatsia-like, dark bronze-purple leaves 30cm and more wide. From summer to autumn produces clusters of small flowers followed by spikes of brilliant scarlet pods.

Hardiness: Non-hardy perennial treated as a fast growing annual in our temperate gardens.

Height: Up to 2m

Position: Full sun for best results though will tolerate some shade

Soil: Any well drained soil

Water: Once established, fairly drought tolerant

Usage: At the back of the border or as an accent plants for wow factor. There are several other hybrids worth trying with some that get even bigger!

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