What’s Blooming? Castor Beans

Castor Bean

Tucked underneath massive palmate leaves are these bizarre flowers that look like Horton could hear a Who on them. What are they? Castor Beans! By October, these giant plants grew taller than a 5’5″ person, and they grew that tall in a single year.

In Iowa we grow castor beans as an annual, but in the tropics they survive the winter to grow even taller. Wow!

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