castor bean flowers

Killer Seeds

Pink flowers grow along the banks of a river. A wind blows. Seeds fall to the ground. They are castor bean seeds.

A hungry bird walks by. The seeds shine in the sunlight. But the bird will not eat these seeds. It knows they can kill.


Castor beans are poisonous.

Castor bean plants came from Africa. Now they are grown in gardens around the world. The plant is beautiful. But, it is dangerous.

The seeds contain a deadly poison. A handful of seeds can kill a person. The plant needs this poison. It protects the seeds from being eaten by animals.