Castor Bean ( Ricinus communis beans)
The castor oil plant's seed is the castor bean which, despite its name, is not a true bean.
The castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It belongs to a monotypic genus, Ricinus, and subtribe, Ricininae.
Castor bean is very easy to grow; too easy, some might say. This is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and becomes almost treelike in 3-4 months. It will need to be staked if grown where the wind can blow it over.
Light: Full sun is best.
Moisture: Castor bean grows fastest and largest with abundant water, but once it gets established, it can tolerate drought - it just won't grow as fast.
Uses: The foul tasting laxative, castor oil, loathed by children everywhere, tastes poisonous but is, however, a valuable purgative still widely used in modern medicine. Castor oil also is used externally to treat some kinds of skin diseases including ringworms and warts. The genus name, Ricinus means "dog tick" in Latin, because that's what the seeds look like.
There are five (5) beans in each pack.
Common names: Castor Bean, Castor Oil Plant, Palma Christi