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Castor Oil Plant

Ricinus communis

Also known as

Castor, Castor Bean, Castor-Bean-Plant, Castor-Oil-Plant, Palma-Christi

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the seed pods and leaves of Ricinus communis, the Caster oil plant.
A photo of Castor Oil Plant
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Castor Oil Plant Overview

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.

Common problems with Castor Oil Plant

Problem free

How to harvest Castor Oil Plant

Harvest seeds when mature and ripe.

How to propagate Castor Oil Plant


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

Other uses of Castor Oil Plant



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

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