Castor oil plant

(Question)

Do you know any stores in Toronto that sell seeds from the castor oil plant?

(Answer)

Castor oil plant or castor bean plant are common names for the species Ricinus communis. Although the oil of the seeds is safe for consumption, the seed itself is very poisonous to people, animals and insects. Please refer to an excellent article about this from Cornell.  https://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents/ricin.html

The seeds should be started indoors in early April. Transplant into the garden when all risk of frost has passed. In our climate they should be treated as annuals.

There are several seed companies in Canada that offer castor bean seeds and I have given you links to the online catalogues below.

Dominion Seeds

Veseys 

Richters