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Castor Bean

An Excellent Screen

A fast-growing privacy screen! Grows 10-12 ft. tall with gigantic veined leaves. Prefers full sun. Direct sow after last frost or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Perennial in Zones 8-10, annual elsewhere.
Note: Castor Bean seeds are poisonous. Some gardeners, especially those with small pets and children, may choose to remove and discard any seedpods that develop on the plant for this reason.
  • Zone 3 - 10. Perennial in grow zones 8 - 10.
  • Height 10 - 12 feet.
  • Germination 7 - 10 days at 70 - 75 degrees F.
  • Light Required Full sun

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  • Botanical Name: Zanzibariensis
  • Height: 10 - 12 feet.
  • Spacing: 4 - 5 feet.
  • Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch.
  • Spread: 5 feet.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun
  • Color: Deep green-burgundy leaves.
  • Foliage: Showy, tropical sized foliage. Up to 3 feet across.
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Form: Upright
  • Flower Form: Panicles are 1 - 2 feet.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast growth rate.
  • Seed Count: Approximately 10 seeds per packet.
  • Pruning: None needed.
  • Size: 1/2 - 1 inch.
  • Comments: Leaves have many colors: green, red, bluish-gray, maroon, purple, and variegated. Leaves are veined with scarlet and measure 3 feet across. Seeds and leaves are poisonous. Likes heat and moisture. In zones 8 - 10 it acts as a perennial. Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Requires staking in exposed areas. Helps keep moles away.

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