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PlantFiles: Pink Castor Bean
Ricinus communis 'Carmencita Pink'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ricinus (RISS-i-nus) (Info)
Species: communis (KOM-yoo-nis) (Info)
Cultivar: Carmencita Pink

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive WUVIE On Oct 2, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow, among the first to bloom and produce
seeds; which are typically small and light gray.

While it should be mentioned Castor Bean plants are
poisonous, they are among many with toxic qualities
and thus growers must be responsible to ensure the
plant and / or seeds are not consumed.

When you notice seed pods forming, you may cut them
off and dispose of properly if you are concerned, as the
pods may very well dry and burst open, sending seeds
shooting far from the original plant.

A very beautiful shade of pink with deep tones in the
veins of the foliage. Very attractive! Grows best in full sun,
warm weather. Plants do not perform well in cold or wet


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona
Brunswick, Georgia
Prospect, Kentucky
Hessmer, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Scituate, Massachusetts
Roswell, New Mexico
Columbia Station, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Mcallen, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Red Oak, Texas

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