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RICINUS communis 'Carmencita Bright Red'

Image of Ricinus communis 'Carmencita Bright Red'

James Burghardt

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

RICINUS communis 'Carmencita Bright Red'

Plant Common Name

Castorbean, Red Castorbean

General Description

The Carmencita variety of castor bean has showy red flowers and bronze-red leaves . This native of northern Africa and western Asia is grown for its large, bold, sharply lobed leaves and spikes of red flowers followed by spiny, oval red to brown fruit capsules. In tropical regions, castor bean grows as a tall, evergreen subshrub, but in temperate zones it is commonly grown as a tender perennial.

Castor bean prefers full sun and average well-drained soil. It provides a bold accent to any mixed border, lending an exotic, tropical look wherever it grows.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 14

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m (8)

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Northern Africa, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Light Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes