SWAMIS “Thorn Apple and Palm Tree Sunset”
Castor Bean plants also known as the “Thorn Apples” are silhouetted with their seed pods against a sunset over SWAMIS spiritual retreat located in Encinitas California 9/9/2017.
The plant which grows as an annual shrub in frost areas and year round and treelike in most tropical areas is poisonous containing the compound RICIN!
Though the castor oil derived from the colorful bean like seeds was widely burned as lamp oil and used as a world health medicine after the poisonous ricin was removed during the distillation process.
This is one of the fastest growing tropical heat loving giant annuals in the garden rivaled only by the giant sunflower. It can be grown in most parts of the USA as a nice addition to a garden collection.
Stay tuned for shots of this years SUNFLOWER CROP coming in for a LATE SEASON in San Diego!
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