Patterson's Curse

Echium plantagineum

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Winter

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually

Propagation

Seed

Selfseed easily to cover huge areas.

Special features

Origin

Southwest Europe, Northern Africa and Southwest Asia. Mr Patterson imported this plant to Australia in 1880 hence the name!

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

None

Problems

Not known
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