Are Castor Beans Illegal to grow.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by White Gardens, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I grow Castor Beans at my own house. I don't plan on using them at customers houses for obvious reasons.

    People keep telling me that they are illegal to grow. Nobody local will carry the seed now. I can still find them on line and I also have a little pile of them from years past.

    I called the master-gardners office last year, and they said it was still OK to grow, but I haven't called this year to see if it has changed.

    Anybody got any ideas.

    (I know how toxic the seed is, and it makes RICIN)

    Thanks.
     
  2. AmEdge

    AmEdge LawnSite Member
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    Castor Bean is a beautiful plant, and is not illegal to grow.

    As far as I know anyway........I know I can order the seeds through seed catalogs.
     
  3. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Castor bean grows wild in tropical areas; don't worry about them being illegal to grow unless your state has some VERY weird laws.
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    I've been growing them for the last three years. I can't tell you how many times I've had someone come up to me and say I can't grow them. I have this little speech about how it's not illegal, don't eat the seeds, it makes ricin when you have large quantities and also how there is a multitude of native plants around here that are just as toxic.
     

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