Name:  Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

Family:  Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)

Flowering Season:  Most of Year

Notes: An introduced shrub, this plant takes over wherever it exists, crowding out other species. It has deep roots which are hard to remove, and hand-shaped leaves with usually eight "fingers". Used in the old days to make Castor Oil, which was used as a medicine, all parts of the plant are toxic. Grows to over 8 feet.

 

Photographs by Gabi McLean