October 8, 2006

Natural...

... excess.

Red flower

11 comments:

Truly said...

I love the red koosh-ball plant! What's it called?

rightwingprof said...

Looks like a castor bean plant (you know, what castor oil is pressed from). Before you get one in your yard, beware: the castor bean contains ricin, one of the most powerful toxins in plants.

We had several here when we bought the house. We immediately cut them down, so the dogs wouldn't get poisoned.

Ann Althouse said...

Koosh-ball... yeah! Funny.

Rightwing: Yikes! Scary.

George said...

Those red bud balls in the background do they, like, exude resins?

BrianOfAtlanta said...

The red seed pods don't exude resins, but you want to be careful if you pick one up bare handed, and you certainly don't want to step on one with bare feet or thin shoes. They're not very kooshy when they mature.

Wickedpinto said...

Love the pic, hate the angle.

MadisonMan said...

Those'll be dead at the end of the week.

We grew those on the side of our house once, they really are striking. No dogs died.

rightwingprof said...

None of my dogs have ever died from eating foxglove either, but I still don't plant it where they could get to it if they wanted to.

MadisonMan said...

A garden can be a veritable death trap. Foxglove, Castor Bean, Datura, Sweet Pea, Cocoa Bean Mulch. All potentially lethal to dogs, but the only one I've actually read about killing a dog is cocoa bean mulch.

rightwingprof said...

We fence part of the yard, and plant outside the fence. That way, we can plant whatever we want.

rightwingprof said...

Here's the Wikipedia entry on ricin.