The one negative of the castor oil plant is the toxicity of the seeds. The seeds are said to be fatal if eaten and as such it is recommended that this plant is grown out of reach of children. If you are a nervous parent then perhaps this plant should be avoided altogether. The seeds are generally held quite high on the plant, certainly out of reach of any very small children. The plants are also strong and unlikely to fall over in windy conditions were the seeds could be presented. Actually removing the seeds from their pods is also quite difficult.
All parts of Ricinus spp. are poisonous, even the seeds, these plants are recommended for growing in gardens and flower beds, not around children or pets that chew on plants. You should not grow castor beans where children play; the seeds are just too pretty and too deadly.
NB27 Purple Castor Plant ( Ricinus spp. )
What a beautiful annual hedge plant! We grew this magnificent garden plant last year and were blown away by how beautiful it was. It grows to over 6 feet tall with delightful purplish foliage that maintains it's color throughout the life cycle of the plant. It produces some of the most vibrant and unique seed clusters we have ever seen. This is a carefree plant that can be grown as an annual ( about 110 days from seed to bloom ) in colder areas. It withstands dry spells, wet spells, has not insect problems that we have noted and makes a tremendous background plant or grouping plant in the lawn. Seeds are from our farm grown stock. Space plants about 2 feet apart for thick hedge.
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Z2831 Zanzibar Mix ( Ricinus communis )
Magnificent size and tropical appearance. Umbrella-sized leaves. Can also be grown in large containers for an exotic effect. Mostly green with a small percentage of red. Perennial in Zones 8-10. Large green leaf, flowers pink to red shades. Annual in cooler zones growing 48" tall.
JF358 Carmencita Bright Pink ( Ricinus communis )
Magnificent size and tropical appearance. Perennial in Zones 8-10. Large green leaf, flowers pink to red shades. Annual in cooler zones growing 60-72" tall.
JF359 Carmencita Bright Red ( Ricinus communis )
Magnificent size and tropical appearance. Perennial in Zones 8-10. Leaves start green then turn maroon, red stems, pink fruit, red flowers. Annual in cooler zones growing 60-72" tall.