Originally Posted by bradshaw
Hello, I noticed a helpful follow up post on how to get rid of moles. Where can you buy caster beans? I have never heard of them. I am very thankful for the suggestion and would like to purchase them if I knew where to. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Where to buy seeds: [url=http://wuvie.net/castorbeans.htm]WUV'N ACRES[/url]
This is a great lady. She did great job and even sent me some extras in each variety I chose plus a surprise package.
About Ricin poisoning: [url=http://www.nationalterroralert.com/ricin/]Homeland Security News » Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Ricin[/url]
I used to have caster beans all over the place when I was a kid. Wonder I didn't kill myself as I didn't know about the Ricin in the seeds.
Not to worry, just don't put them in your mouth. They contain a very toxic poison.
The Caster Bean is considered to be the fifth most poisonous plant on earth.
I recently wanted to plant more of them because they make such pretty plants with very colorful leaves, stems etc. Again they are great for shading the sunny side of your house in the Summer. Just collect the beans in the Fall or soon as they are ready and plant them again in the Spring for your next season of shade. They have very large leaves. They will grow as high as fifteen feet. Lots of shade.
Above is a link where I bought a large number of seeds last year with many verities.
I'm getting ready to plant them all over the place and I do have moles and I'm starting large garden soon. I will plant the Caster Beans all around it.
Almost everyone I knew had them when I was a kid. I don't remember anyone being hurt by them.
A famous incident was in London when a refugee from a Communist country was making a little too much noise for the Communist leaders. He was stabbed in the leg by an umbrella tip. Three days later he was dead and the Autopsy found a small hollow metal ball in his leg the size of a pin head. It had traces of Ricin in it.
Do not be afraid of these plants. That would be silly.
Many people have Oleanders and they are considered the world's number one highest in poison. You might want to look on Google under "five most poisonous plants."
Wuvin Acres has many very good images of various Caster Bean plants.
Pete G. AKA WortHawg