Castor Bean Leaf (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

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Castor Bean Leaf (Ricinus communis)

Castor Bean Leaf (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

While castor bean is a veritable weed here in Southern California in Europe they grow it as an ornamental. The leaves are quite large and structural, making a dramatic impact in the garden. 

This photo is from my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 


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