Medicinal Seeds, Castor, New Zealand Purple Castor Bean, Ricinus communis, Organic, 10 seeds peer pack GMO Free, Organic Seeds
10 seeds per pack
Name: Castor Bean ‘New Zealand Purple’
Scientific name: Ricinus Communis
A large, showy Evergereen perennial in it’s native range. This variety has large purple/red Palmate leaves and stems. Castor makes an attractive statement in any landscape as well as the garden of useful plants! The inflorescenses (Flowers & Stems) contain both male and female flowers.
The seed capsule is covered with semi-soft spines. The seeds are cream colored with brown spots or mottling. THE WHOLE PLANT IS EXTREMELY TOXIC! ESPECIALLY THE SEEDS!
Recommended Uses: Castor bean was used in Ancient Egypt for treating wounds, cosmetic purposes, and to induce labor. It has been used as a laxative in India since 2000B.C.. It was used in the west as an ointment and lubricant, but wasn’t administered as a laxative until the 1780’s. More modern uses still include castor’s use as a laxative, though less frequently, but also as a varnish, and the starting point for most polymers.
Origination: Western Asia, Norheastern Africa
Height: Up to 30 feet in the tropics, 10-15 feet in cooler regions.
Hardiness: (35 degrees and up) Zone 10b+
Flower Color: Red
In places with long seasons direct sow seeds in spring after all danger of frost has passed 1 to 1.5 inches deep in a full sun location with well-draining soil amended with organic matter. In places with short seasons sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. To increase germination soak for 24 hours before planting. Space plants 4-5’ apart. Water regularly and thoroughly but don’t let stand in water.