Another blogger (I’m looking at you Mulchmaid) has already posted photos on Facebook of her
Yes there are 3, and yes they average about 10” tall. I am a failure.
Knowing my history with this plant I hedged my bets and bought a pair of "last year's plants" (meaning he didn't sell them in 2013 and they were a bit larger and still available in 2014) at the Rare Plant Research open house last May. They were bigger than any seedling I've purchased in the past. Sure success right? Well this is the one in the front garden, it's nice but only a little over 2ft tall...
The one in the back garden though, it's my favorite and best ever Castor Bean...
Going strong and may eventually reach that monster size I've been hoping for...
So to refresh your memory that's 1 out of 5 that I'm feeling good about, not exactly winning odds in Vegas right?
- bought simply as Ricinus communis, fancy varieties with great leaf color are available, look for them when buying seeds
- should eventually reach 5-15ft tall and 3-8ft wide (of course I'm hoping for the larger end of that spectrum)
- winter hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 where plants will thrive in rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil with full sun exposure - grown as annuals elsewhere (below Zone 9) and typically self seeding for future poison plant happiness (please please please let this happen in my garden!)
- plants can become somewhat weedy and spread aggressively in frost-free areas, as seen by anyone traveling on the highways near Fillmore, California.
- in the Euphorbiaceae family and native in Northeastern Africa to Middle East
So that's what's got me smiling this week, what's doing it for you?
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