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It’s a very tall plant over 6ft with red hollow stem and large green leaves.

  • Brilliant thanks for the quick answer!
    – Coupe Paul
    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:33
  • Agree. I was always told to wear gloves and long sleeves when near this plant. Aug 20, 2019 at 11:33

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This is probably ricinus communis.

With oversized, tropical-looking leaves and bizarre seed pods, castor bean is an exotic addition to the ornamental garden. The only member of the genus, Ricinus communis is in the Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae). The word ricinus is Latin for “tick”, used for this plant name because of the superficial resemblance of the seeds to a particular species of European tick. Castor bean is native to tropical east Africa around Ethiopia, but has naturalized in tropical and subtropical areas around the world to become a weed in many places, including the southwestern U.S. Plants are typically found in moist, well-drained soils in disturbed areas, such as along river beds and roadsides, and in fallow fields or at the edges of cultivated lands.

from here

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    Note that castor bean is poisonous, especially the seeds
    – Jurp
    Aug 19, 2019 at 13:33

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