Castor Bean Plants

Castor Bean Plant and Toxicity


Anonymous added on April 11, 2018 | Answered

I have been given three castor bean seeds from a friend who grows them. I was so very excited and could hardly wait to plant them. Upon doing some research I now have concerns about some innocent creature getting poisoned such as a deer, rabbits, birds. I am now torn...I have never been so excited about a plant before but now this issue has came to be. I am hoping for some advice from a gardening professional please. Thank you for your time. Deb


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 12, 2018

I have seen many gardeners grow Castor Bean seeds with no issues in their gardens, but being aware of the toxic nature of this plant is a good idea before deciding whether or not to grow it.
These links will help you make a decision.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/castor-bean/castor-bean-information.htm
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/castor-bean-plant
http://www.library.illinois.edu/vex/toxic/castor/castor.htm

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