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Ricinus communis 'Impala' (Castor oil plant 'Impala')

Skill rating
Skill rating
Intermediate
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
2 hours care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
1.2m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
0.6m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
1 year
To maturity
Toxic - All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are extremely poisonous if ingested. Contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.
Toxic - All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are extremely poisonous if ingested. Contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name: Ricinus communis 'Impala'

Other names: Castor oil plant 'Impala', Castor bean 'Impala'

Genus: Ricinus Ricinus

Variety or Cultivar: 'Impala' _ 'Impala' is a compact, well-branched, evergreen shrub, usually grown as an annual, with lobed, reddish-purple leaves, and clusters of creamy-yellow flowers in summer followed by round, maroon capsules covered in soft spines in autumn.


Ricinus communis 'Impala' is: Evergreen

Flower: Cream, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Purple, Red in Spring; Red, Purple in Summer; Red, Purple in Autumn

Habit: Branching, Compact, Erect

Toxicity: All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are extremely poisonous if ingested. Contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests: Glasshouse red spider mite Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning: Deadhead regularly. May need restrictive pruning if grown under glass.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Ricinus communis 'Impala' (Castor oil plant 'Impala') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.6m after 1 year.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Beds and borders, Greenhouse, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Outdoors, grown in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Use stakes if planted in exposed sites. Alternatively, grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in the growing season and sparingly in winter.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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Botanical name: Ricinus communis 'Impala'

Other names: Castor oil plant 'Impala', Castor bean 'Impala'

Genus: Ricinus Ricinus

Variety or Cultivar: 'Impala' _ 'Impala' is a compact, well-branched, evergreen shrub, usually grown as an annual, with lobed, reddish-purple leaves, and clusters of creamy-yellow flowers in summer followed by round, maroon capsules covered in soft spines in autumn.


Ricinus communis 'Impala' is: Evergreen

Flower: Cream, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Purple, Red in Spring; Red, Purple in Summer; Red, Purple in Autumn

Habit: Branching, Compact, Erect

Toxicity: All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are extremely poisonous if ingested. Contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.

Watch out for

Specific pests: Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning: Deadhead regularly. May need restrictive pruning if grown under glass.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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Ricinus communis 'Impala' (Castor oil plant 'Impala') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.6m after 1 year.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Beds and borders, Greenhouse, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Outdoors, grown in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Use stakes if planted in exposed sites. Alternatively, grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in the growing season and sparingly in winter.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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