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Patterson's curse (Eng.)

Echium plantagineum

pers-echium (Afr)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually

Propagation

Seed
Selfseed easily to cover huge areas.

Geography

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
Boraginacea
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
None

Problems

Not known

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