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Castor bean is the Invasive Plant of the Month


Last updated 12/16/2021 at 12:42pm

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The castor bean plant is a toxic weed.

FALLBROOK – According to the California Invasive Plant Council, "Ricinus communis (castor bean) is an herbaceous plant or semi-woody large shrub or small tree (family Euphorbiaceae). It grows quickly in mild climates and has escaped cultivation to become a noxious weed in southern and central California. The castor bean contains ricin, an extremely toxic chemical that can kill an adult who consumes only four to eight seeds. Handling foliage and seeds can cause severe dermatitis."

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