‘Carmencita’—also known as ‘Carmencita Red’—castor bean (Ricinus communis) produces stout, upright stems that carry large, deeply lobed, deep red to bronzy leaves and clusters of cream-colored male flowers below red female flowers, which mature into spiny, bright red seedpods. It’s grown as an annual in many areas (generally reaching 5 to 7 feet tall) but can be hardy (and can be invasive) in warm regions, where it may reach 8 to 12 feet tall. Full sun.
Be aware that the seeds are poisonous, so keep them away from children and pets; you may also want to wash your hands after sowing. Some people may have a skin reaction to the leaves, too, so consider wearing long sleeves and gloves and/or washing thoroughly after working with the plants.
Collected in September and October 2021. At least 10 seeds.
Cannot ship to CA, FL, or TX.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.