Gibsonii Castor Bean
Introduced into English gardens in the 16th century. Stately quick-growing ornamental plant with tropical appearance. Large red-tinged foliage and brightly colored seedpods, a real head-turner. Listed in 1896 catalog of R. & J. Farquhars. Seeds and seedpods are poisonous—please use caution!
- Annual plants grow to 6-8 feet tall
- Red-tinged leaves and bright red seedpods
- Quick growing
- Great for ornamental plantings
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors 1/2" beneath the surface of the soil. Transplant outdoors after the danger of frost has passed. Can also be direct- seeded in warmer areas. Plants prefer rich soil.
- Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 15-20 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 36-48” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Great color and texture for the garden
This is a phenomenal annual for the garden, IF you do not have small children or pets that might eat the seeds as they are poisonous. that said, the colorful large textured leaves are a fantastic addition. seeds germ fairly easily with warmth underneath.
Love them ! Actually get bigger than stated 👍
Attractive and functional
I have been growing these in Aiken, SC for about 10 years.
Good ornamental and for providing shade to plants that need it.
I place them here and there along the wood line to deter moles in the garden.
I put the seeds in the mole tunnels and have them popping up here and there in the yard and transplant them while small.
I let the garden have a rest last year and had quite a few volunteer plants.
With good water and soil fertility, plan on 3 to 4 foot diameter foot print and prune if you need to.