Castor oil plant, Ricinus communis

Castor oil plant

Common name: Castor oil plant

Scientific name: Ricinus communis

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Ricinus

Species: R. communis

Flowering time: Jul - September

Plant type: Annual

Description: Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) is a flowering plant in the spurge family. The flower from Jul to September. It growing to 1.5 m (5ft). The large leaves are palmate, 15–45 cm (5.9–18 in) long. The flowers are borne in terminal panicle-like inflorescences. Castor oil plant embraces many forms differing in height, colouring of the leaves and shape of the seed.