Ricinis communis  'New Zealand Purple' , or castor oil plant grew to 9'  in my front garden last year.  Although it has medicinal uses when prepared correctly, all parts of the plant are toxic.  Ricin, a chemical compound is found in all parts of the plant.  In 1978 it was used as a poison when Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian journalist, was assassinated on London's Waterloo Bridge by a ricin pellet injected into his leg with an umbrella.  This piece will be on display at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show in the Botanical Art exhibit.


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