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Ricinus communis is fast growing, tall and dramatic with huge leaves and interesting flower spikes that add drama to borders and beds. Also known as the Caster Oil plant, the plants can grow so fast that they can be used as a very large and dramatic annual in the garden. Ricinus communis var. gibsonii is a compact variety with gorgeous dark red, metallic foliage. It grows to a reasonable garden height of around 150cm (5ft) The palmate leaves have deeply incised lobes and grow 30 to 75cm (12 to 30in) across. The plants have red stems and in late summer clusters of creamy yellow blooms are followed by stunning scarlet seeds pods.
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Germination; Sow indoors. Soak the seeds for 24 hours prior to sowing. Sow 6mm deep into moist well-drained seed compost. Propagate at 20-25°C. Germination takes 1-4 weeks approx. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 30cm spacing.
Growing; Wear gloves when handling this plant. Likes a soil with plenty or compost or manure dug in. Requires consistently moist soil.
Cultivation; Deadhead if you do not want it to self-seed. This plant grows quickly, may require staking.
The plants are remarkably architectural and can be used very effectively in the centre of island beds or at the back of the border. In frost free areas they are grown in large borders or allowed to naturalise in the back of the landscape. In frosty climates, the Castor Oil plant is one of the best ways to quickly create a tropical effect in the garden.