Sparrmannia ricinocarpa is a slender shrub, up to 3m, that is mostly found on the edges of forests. It sometimes scrambles among the surrounding growth. The leaves have long stalks, are toothed and lobed, finely hairy and prominently veined. The flowers have green sepals and narrow white or pink petals that curve far back when they open, lending prominence to the mass of yellow stamens.
It grows quickly if planted in a fertile soil. It does well in shade and should be a good indoor plant. Trim back at the end of winter.