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Pink Castor Bean 'Carmencita Pink'

Ricinus communis

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

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Mar 2, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species has naturalized in 34 states. As far north as Maine, it can overwinter as a self-sowing annual.

Where it is hardy, it's a suckering perennial shrub that can reach a height of 40'.

It's a heavy producer of light air-borne pollen which is highly allergenic. It's a common trigger for hayfever and asthma. In many people, it also causes a skin rash on contact. The seed pods are spiny.

In California, Florida, and Texas, it's on the official lists of species invasive of natural habitat.

Native to the eastern Mediterranean, east Africa, and India, it's now spread to most tropical areas around the world, where it's commonly considered invasive.

Positive

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
conditions.

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