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Botanical name: Ricinus communis 'Impala'
Other names: Castor oil plant 'Impala', Castor bean 'Impala'
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.
Specific pests: Glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: Deadhead regularly. May need restrictive pruning if grown under glass.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
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
Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)
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