Ricinis Communis (Castor Bean Plant) is one of the fastest growing tropical plants in the world, easily reaching 5′ the first year when started from seed. When I discovered this African native was a natural mole repellant, I decided to order a few seed packets: on Memorial Day I got busy direct-sowing, and by June 3 they’d not only germinated but sprouted their first true leaves:
The palmate foliage can grow quite huge (12-30″ wide) with 5-11 deeply incised lobes.
The leaves of the Gibsonii variety change from red to brownish-green as they age.
In a month or so, stunning scarlet seed heads will appear, allowing these plants to create a self-sowing colony, with new seedlings popping up year round!
Sayonara City! 😉 Moles-be-gone!! 🙂
A word of caution: R. Communis is highly poisonous to people as well as moles! Every inch of the plant is highly toxic if injested, so use with caution around young kids!
Until next time……
🙂 🙂 🙂
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- Natural Methods For Dealing With Moles (naturalblaze.com)
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- Organic Pest Control Methods: Planting Mole Plants as a Repellent (landscaping.answers.com)