Castor Oil Plant
Castor, Castor Bean, Castor-Bean-Plant, Castor-Oil-Plant, Palma-Christi
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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.
Harvest seeds when mature and ripe.
Space seeds 60 cm apart and 1.5cm deep. Germination time about 7 days. In nature ants will often carry the seeds around.
India, East Africa and wildly spread over tropical areas.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
The seeds are the source of caster-oil, regarded with very high medicinal value. It has anti-bacterial and antimicrobal value.