The true Castor Oil plant, Ricinus communis, is NOT generally hardy in our climate. It will not survive our Winters.
The plant is actually a perennial, and in warm climates will grow into a small tree. I don't know whether it will survive outdoors in milder parts of the country. Most people who grow this plant in the UK treat it as an annual, and grow it from seed each year.
You might be able to overwinter one, by putting it in a pot, and overwintering in a heated greenhouse or conservatory.
There is also another plant that is sometimes confused with Castor Oil plant. That is Fatsia japonica, a shrub, with large glossy green leaves. From the wording of the original question, that the plant has grown to 7 feet, presumably in one season, it would suggest that this is Ricinus.