In about all parts of the Union the castor-bean (Ricinus communis) is used in parks and in tropical beds on lawns. Its broad-lobed leaves, showy panicles of flowers, and its after-fruit pods are especially pleasing, particularly so when planted in connection with canna and caladium. In our climate it is an annual, ripening its seeds where the early varieties of corn will mature. Yet if seeds grown with us are planted in subtropical regions it makes a tree thirty to forty feet high, and in Cuba the writer has seen trees two feet in diameter of stem.