This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Castor bean, castor-oil plant
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants
Low drought tolerance
- Shrublike, annual herb with red-purplish stems; leaves large, alternate, simple, round in outline but deeply and palmately 6-11 lobed; flowers small and whitish; fruit a large, red, prickly capsule with slightly flattened seeds which are mottled brown-gray-white
- Summer to fall
- 72-96 in.
- 48-60 in.
- Asia and Africa
- Poison Part:
- Broken seeds
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion and allergic reaction after skin contact with seeds
- Immediate or delayed nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, depression, trembling, sweating, convulsions, coma; may be fatal; severe allergic reaction in certain individuals following skin contact with broken seeds
- Toxic Principle:
- Ricin, a phytotoxalbumin, plus ricinine, an alkaloid
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION SEVERE!
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated, annual herbaceous ornamental
NCCES plant id: 129