STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)--Where is it found?
And why is it so toxic?
Those are just three of the questions posed to a Mississippi State Senior Research Associate in the field of plant sciences.
"It's origin is tropical Africa. So it's grown here primarily as an ornamental during the warmer months of the year," said Doctor Victor Maddox of Mississippi State. "A lot of people know it as castor bean. It's a source of castor oil. Some other people are familiar with that. It's also a source of an oil that they use for biofuel."
"Maddox says the plant is more deadly when injected than if eaten.
He says he has received very few cases of people ingesting the toxic plant over the years