Castor, Unguja Green (Ricinus communis), packet of 5 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family: Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as an annual, 50 days to a show plant, 100 days to seed

Seeds and other parts of the plant toxic if ingested.  Educate children not to eat this plant or its seeds.

This type native to Zanzibar.  Plants large and vibrant with green leaves.  Even when grown as an annual, lends a tropical touch.  Give full sun and plenty of compost.  Direct seed in rich, composty hills in spring.

5 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    I never used this plant in herbalism (except in the form of commercially produced castor oil) until I got to Africa, and there I learned much about how to use it in (literally) barefoot herbalism.  Traditionally, the leaves are steamed and poulticed against any swelling, athletic injury, rheumatoid condition, or (usually joint) pain.  When I doctored in Paje in Unguja, I cut out plantar’s warts, then used the fat from inside the castor seeds to pack into the depression, and followed up with a hot castor leaf poultice.  Freeing people from plantar warts and helping them walk without pain made me very happy–African people have done so much for me, it was good to give something back to them.  In the process, I learned that I could use herbs indigenously without relying on professional preparation, a situation that lead me to greatly respect castor.

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