One minute you’re planting it, the next it is blazing in the garden, tall and full of drama. The Gibsonii castor plant (Ricinus communis var. gibsonii) was cultivated in English gardens from at least the 16th century. The enormous leaves and dramatic flower spikes of the Gibsonii castor bean plant make this heirloom annual a “must-grow.” It’s truly a dramatic addition to any garden. Each huge palmate leaf grows to 30 inches across and resembles a star, with up to 11 deeply incised lobes. The foliage is a gorgeous, dark, metallic shades of red to purple. The plant’s stems are also red, and provide a stunning contrast to the ivory blossoms. They appear in clusters in late summer, followed by eye-catching seed pods of scarlet red. In tropical regions, it grows as an evergreen shrub or tree. In cooler areas, this striking plant is grown as an annual. This plant can grow from seedling to a 6-foot tall plant in a few months. A noble foliage plant, often used to give a tropical appearance to the border or ....to repel moles.
► Note: Seeds of this plants are poison. Break off the seed pods as needed.