Ricinus communis 'Impala' / Dwarf Castor Bean Plant / Seeds

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Ricinus communis 'Impala' / Dwarf Castor Bean Plant / Seeds

This is a dwarf form of the Castor Bean plant, with particularly attractive copper red leaves.  These plants make very good ‘accent' plants in a flower bed and attractive pot plants.  They grow to a height of about 1.2m, with pale yellow flowers in summer (July onwards) which turn into brilliant red fluffy seed heads.  Plants provide an interesting tropical feel to gardens.

Ricinus ‘Impala’ grows best in full sun and moist rich soil. It grows fast and grows well as an annual in the UK, although it may survive for several years in warmer gardens and warmer winters.

Pack of 8 seeds.  Sow in spring, for planting out after the last frost.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


Caution: Seeds are poisonous. 

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Hardiness Half hardy perennial, mostly grown as an annual
Flowers July to September
Height 90 - 140cm
Spread 60cm
Conditions  Full sun and rich well drained soil

Sow in spring 6mm deep in small pots of compost,keep at a warm 20-25 degrees Celcius and germination takes 2-3 weeks.  Transfer seedlings to larger pots when they are big enough to handle and plant outside, after hardening off, after the last frost, typically the end of May.  In warmer climates, seeds can be sown directly in the soil in late May.  


Plants grow quickly, so make sure you have somewhere to keep them frost-free before planting out in late spring.   Plants can be grown in a conservatory and will live several years if protected from frost.  Plants are evergreen and do not need pruning, except to remove older and damaged leaves as necessary. Under glass, protect against spider mites during dry weather.  Outside, grow plants in a sheltered place, as wind may shred the leaves.   Wash hands after handling seeds or plants.