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Ricinus communis ‘Dwarf Red Spire’
Ricinus communis ‘Dwarf Red Spire’

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Zones 23-28, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
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Ricinus communis

Castor Bean
Euphorbiaceae
Annuals, Evergreen, Shrubs

Bold, striking plant from Africa, Asia. Grown as an annual in all zones. Can provide tall screen or leafy background in a hurry; grows 6–15 ft. tall and half as wide in a single season. Where winters are mild,will live over and become quite woody and treelike. Has naturalized in small areas in many climates.

Large-lobed leaves are 1–3 ft. across on vigorous young plants, smaller on older plants.Unimpressive, small white flowers are borne in clusters on foot-high stalks in summer, followed by attractive prickly husks that contain seeds.

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