The purgative of universal renown comes from the seeds of this
species, which is mostly grown as an annual. Rounded, prickly seed
pods follow the summer display of felty clusters of red and greenish
flowers. The plantŐs leaves are large, glossy and divided deeply
into elliptical lobes. It grows rapidly, reaching 6 ft (1.8 m) in
height and spread. Carmencita is a tall form that grows to 10 ft (3
m) with bronze-red foliage and red flowers.
All parts of the plant, especially the seeds, are extremely
poisonous and can cause death in children.
Cultivation: This plant prefers full sun and fertile, humus-rich,
well-drained soil. It may need staking. Propagate from seed.