Castor Bean Plant
Oil pressed from the seeds was burned in lamps by the ancient Egyptians who also used it as a cosmetic ingredient and skin emollient. CAUTION: Beans are highly toxic. Seeds yield castor oil, long used as a purgative. The solid portion of the seed contains highly toxic ricin, a source of an immunotoxin that targets and potentially kills cells that harbor the HIV virus.
Source of plant
Pinetree Garden Seeds
To 1.8m; leaves large, deep brown; flowers early, bright red.
USDA Hardiness Zone
tender perennial, poisonous/toxic, other ethnobotanical uses, medicinal/pharmaceutical