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Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' (Castor Oil Plant)

Castor Oil Plant 'Carmencita', Castor Bean 'Carmencita'


Noted for its deep bronze foliage and showy flower spikes, Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' (Caster Oil plant) is a fast growing, tender shrub that adds interest and drama in the sunny garden. This new variety features large, shiny, dark bronze-red, palmately lobed leaves, resembling maple leaves. In mid to late summer, clusters of bright red female flowers give way to eye-catching, scarlet, spiny seeds pods. Grown as an annual in temperate climates, this Castor Oil plant will grow much taller in warm winter areas. All parts of this plant are toxic if eaten, and the foliage may affect skin allergies, so take care with children and pets.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Will grow up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in rich, medium moisturewell-drained soils. Water freely during the growing season and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. This plant may need staking in exposed locations. If grown in poor soils, this Castor Oil plant will produce flowers at the expense of foliage
  • Generally disease free. Watch for glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Deer resistant
  • Propagate by seed, sowing in late spring. Soak seed for 24 hours and sow singly in pots with bottom heat
  • Very versatile, this plant is perfect for beds and borders. Well suited to coastal gardens, informal or cottage gardens or containers.
  • All parts are highly toxic if ingested, particularly the seeds

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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