What is this fascinating plant? When a visitor asked me about it this morning, I didn’t have a clue. After consulting Bright Spots, I now know it’s Castor Bean (Ricinus communis). It’s in the Healing Garden because Castor oil extracted from the seeds finds its way into many drugstore products, but the “beans” are toxic in their natural form & shouldn’t be touched. Its bright stems & pom-pom flowers invite closer inspection. ~Victoria, Membership


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  2. styro said: The deadly toxin Ricin is made from castor bean seeds, too. Dangerous stuff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ri…
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