Paterson’s Curse (aka Salvation Jane, Blueweed, Lady Campbell Weed, and Riverina Bluebell), was introduced to Australia the 1880s, probably both as an accidental contaminate of pasture seed and as an ornamental plant. It is said that both names for the plant derive from Jane Paterson or Patterson, an early settler of the country near Albury. She brought the first seeds from Europe to beautify a garden, and then could only watch helplessly as the weed infested previously productive pastures for many miles around.
Paterson’s curse is considered a great resource for apiarists but is toxic to most grazing animals and is Australia’s worst broadleaf temperate pasture weed.
Taken near Muttama NSW Australia.
Focal length 48mm
3 photos. 5 x Raw images of each into Photomatix
@ 1 space ev. Finished in CS3