What is this?

Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? It looks vaguely familiar to me, but I can't remember the name. I walk by this plant nearly every day and it's pretty gorgeous. Just wish they would have used a camo tie up instead of white laundry line!
On another note, I've 'dot.commed' PlumWater Cottage...just because I could. Didn't realize it would create a whole new set of problems/opportunities...such as losing my entire listing of "Favorite Places to Visit". That little listing (135 blogs) took forever to put together. I have a few (dozen) listings in my favorites on my computer that I hadn't added to the list, and a few entries in Google Reader, but it's going to take a while to recreate my listing. Look for some 'housekeeping' changes on the blog...
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Comments

Millie said…
I believe it is the castor bean.
Millie is correct. Don't eat the fruit/seed pod things. They are very toxic. Great plant otherwise. Wish they would overwinter in our Canadian climate.
Swell blog!
Erin
Anonymous said…
they are very dangerous to dogs!
Anonymous said…
Hi, that is a caster bean plant. Very dangerous, toxic, even handeling the plant is toxic. The beans are large, shiny and attractive, and deadly. Ricis. I think that is how you spell it. The plant is a wonderful tropical looking thing, and can grow to be gigantic.Was used by old timers to kill gophers.A man in England was killed by a pellet that that been punched into his leg, spy stuff. They do use it for caster oil, but it takes complicated treatments to concoct.
Unknown said…
Yep, castor bean. And very poisonous.. one seed can kill a child. It is a cool looking plant.

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