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Castor Oil Plant

Ricinus communis

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when mature and ripe.

Propagation

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

Geography

Origin
India, East Africa and wildly spread over tropical areas.
Natural climate
Tropical areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

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

Personality

Family
Euphorbiaceae
Flower colour
Red or green
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

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