Castor Oil Plant

Ricinus communis

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The caster oil plant is an attractive tall shrub with dark green leaves with serrated edges. The young leaves are often burgundary red and other selections stays green. The seed is the source of caster oil well-known for it's medicinal value. It self-seed easily making it invasive in some areas like wastelands.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when mature and ripe.

Propagation

Seed

Space seeds 60 cm apart and 1.5cm deep. Germination time about 7 days. In nature ants will often carry the seeds around.

Special features

Origin

India, East Africa and wildly spread over tropical areas.

Natural climate

Tropical areas

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

The seeds are the source of caster-oil, regarded with very high medicinal value. It has anti-bacterial and antimicrobal value.

Notes

Medicinal

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Red or green

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free
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