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.