East Sussex, United Kingdom
Hi everyone :) - Advice Needed on Castor Oil Plant
I've just joined this forum after finding you when searching for info on the following & I'm hoping someone here can advise me, as I'm finding info on the internet a bit confusing.
I bought a nice looking leafy plant yesterday at a local fete for a bargain price, chatting to the woman running the stall it seems its a *Castor Oil Plant* & would suite the climate in my back yard/patio & I had intended to re plant out there.
However I'm now a bit worried, as after googling on how to best replant & care for it, seems its "highly toxic" lots of scary articles on the seeds producing Ricin etc etc.
I've had someone else tell me that its probably a "FAKE" as they don't believe the real ones are allowed in the UK - but the google images I've looked at of the "Real" ones seem to have the same red upper leaves as this one does
I have 2 Cats who love to laze around in our yard & sit amongst the plants in a large 2 tier stone planter that I built last year - one likes to dig occasionally too, so having a "highly toxic" plant out there could be a big worry.
Can anyone please tell me if I need to worry about this plant with our cats, for example if it flowers could the pollen be toxic if it gets onto fur as some Lilly's can be
- 8 Jul, 2012