Lady Campbell-Weed, Riverina Bluebell, Salvation Jane, Blue Echium, Blueweed, Purple Echium, Purple Viper's-Bugloss, Purple-Bugloss, Viperine
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Originally from Southern Europe, North-Africa and southwest Asia this herbacious plant or weed has spread to many countries and is often seen as fields of purple in different environments. They grew too prolific and are often classified as a weed or invasive because it competes with grazing crops like lusern. It is poisonous (due to pyrrolizidine alkaloids) for cattle and horses.
Spring, Summer, Winter
Selfseed easily to cover huge areas.
Southwest Europe, Northern Africa and Southwest Asia. Mr Patterson imported this plant to Australia in 1880 hence the name!
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference