It was bound to happen. Cold air from the north arrived recently and killed the once tall and strong castor bean plant. It looked so sad. It will not regrow in the spring. I will see if the seeds are viable.
The seeds never quite fully ripened. The prickly pods contain 3 in each. A few were starting to split. I cut off the long stalk of them for a closer look. Plus, they will be destroyed and not put out to the environment for animals or children to access. They are toxic.
Here are some close views of a seed pod followed by photos of the 3 seeds compartments and one of a seed exposed. I read where the seeds resemble a tick full of blood. That seems about right for size and appearance. I am keeping a few of these seeds for next spring to see if they germinate.
The castor bean was not the only victim of the hard freeze. Our tomato plants took a hit. I have some cleanup work to do in the garden before the cold and snow of winter. I’m already thinking of plantings for next year.