A picture of a Patterson's Curse

Patterson's Curse

Echium plantagineum

Also known as

Lady Campbell-Weed, Riverina Bluebell, Salvation Jane, Blue Echium, Blueweed, Purple Echium, Purple Viper's-Bugloss, Purple-Bugloss, Viperine

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

40cm

30cm

Min

20cm

2 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Patterson's Curse Overview

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.

Common problems with Patterson's Curse

Not known

How to harvest Patterson's Curse

Not usually

How to propagate Patterson's Curse

Seed

Selfseed easily to cover huge areas.

Cuttings

Propagate from seed or cuttings in spring or summer.

Other uses of Patterson's Curse

Bedding

Blue Flowering Summer Plants

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