1. This is a Castor Bean Plant.

    I shot this today in my backyard.
    They grow well over 9 feet in height and resemble a Japanese Maple.
    Beautiful foliage and a architectural stance lends itself to a modern focal point in any landscape.
    I will be removing it from my property tomorrow. Not too long ago I found out that the seeds contained within the ‘horton hears a who’ pod are toxic to animals and humans.  The seed look like a variegated black-eyed pea.
    It only takes one ingested seed to kill an infant or family pet.
    4 to 5 will kill an adult human.

    Find out more here: http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents/ricin.html

    Sad to see this beautiful plant go…but it is not worth the risk.

    © 2013 debora smail

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