Gold & Purple

GailD

Cootamundra, Australia

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Canola & Patterson’s Curse.
Patterson’s Curse (Echium plantagineum) is an invasive annual plant native to the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It is also known as Paterson’s Curse (with one “t”), Salvation Jane, Blueweed, Lady Campbell Weed, and Riverina Bluebell.
It was introduced to Australia in the 1880s, probably both as an accidental contaminate of pasture seed and as an ornamental plant. It is said that the name derives from the bitter experience of the Patterson family, early settlers of the country near Albury. They had seeds brought from Europe to beautify their garden, and then could only watch helplessly as the weed infested previously productive pastures for many miles around.
The seeds can remain in the soil & germinate for up to five years. It is toxic to stock.
The purple flower is the Patterson’s Curse.
This is really only a small amount of ‘curse’. The farmers have been quite diligent in their spraying of it.

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