Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean)
Sold in a 9cm pot, this is a seedling, but they grow fast and will flower by autumn. Best planted straight in the ground in May. Grows to 4ft in one season with lovely red leaves and spikey fruit. Castor bean plants (Ricinus ommunis) are native to the Ethiopian region of Africa but have been naturalized in warm climates all over the world. Commonly found in the wild along stream banks, riverbeds on low lying areas, this aggressive vine is the source of one of nature’s best natural oils, castor oil.Growing castor beans is extremely easy. Castor bean seeds start readily indoors and will grow very rapidly. Castor plants like full sun and humid conditions. Provide loamy, moist, but not soaking wet, soil for best results.