Ricinus communis 'New Zealand black'

Castor oil plant

The castor oil plant is a tropical sub shrub with a fascinating history.  

Oil extracted from the seeds has been used in multifarious ways including political assassinations (Georgi Markov), as a means of torture and slow death (Franco & Mussolini)  and for lubricating F1 racing cars. Castrol anyone?  

Grown as an annual in the UK, Ricinus is a resilient foliage plant that lasts until November in our garden. 

It's quite ravishing, the large dark leaves creating a smouldering, sultry backdrop when planted with Canna, Salvia, Penstemon and other tropicals. 

The seeds have toxic properties so handle with care. Easy to grow.

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Euphorbiaceae    

Tender annual     

H3    

150cm    

120cm    

Deep purple    

Dark red    

Well drained    

Full sun, shelter

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