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Order: Euphorbiales
   Family: Euphorbiaceae
            Genus: Ricinus
                        Specie: communis

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 40 ft (12 m)

Cultivation: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Features: Large lobed leaves; flowers in summer; red-brown spiky fruit

Uses: Shrub borders Tubs

Zones: 9?11

Description: A fast-growing plant with somewhat brittle stems, the castor oil plant is grown for its distinctive lobed leaves rather than its flowers. While the species has green leaves and can grow to 40 ft (12 m) in the wild, many smaller growing cultivars have been

Growth Habit: Upright branching habit

Comments: All parts of the plant are highly toxic; has become a noxious weed in tropical regions, including Australia

Growth: Perennial, multi-stemmed woody plant that is usually less than 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in height. Shrubs typically have several stems arising from or near the ground, but may be taller than 5 meters or single-stemmed under certain environmental cond

Growth: Perennial, woody plant with a single stem (trunk), normally greater than 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in height; under certain environmental conditions, some tree species may develop a multi-stemmed or short growth form (less than 4 meters or 13 feet in

Duration: Annual

Duration: Perennial

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