Echium Species, Paterson's Curse, Purple Viper's Bugloss, Riverina Bluebell, Salvation Jane

Echium plantagineum

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: plantagineum (plan-tuh-JIN-ee-um) (Info)
Synonym:Echium lycopsis

Category:

Biennials

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

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Foliage Color:

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Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Blue-Violet

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Hercules, California

Oakland, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

South China, Maine

Summerville, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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2
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Dec 6, 2018, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Echnium plantagineum has become an invasive species in Australia, where it is also known as Salvation Jane (particularly in South Australia), blueweed, Lady Campbell weed, Paterson's Curse and Riverina bluebell.

In the United States, the species has become naturalized in parts of California, Oregon, and some eastern states and areas such as northern Michigan. In Oregon it has been declared a noxious weed.

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On Feb 8, 2010, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

A lovely plant that actually reseeds in my zone 5 garden. Not prolifically, mind you, but I do get second and third flushes of flowers from the new seedlings, and a fair number of the seeds overwinter.

However, all Echium is POISONOUS to animals. I believe it's like Crassulaceae plants, in that it takes substantial and chronic ingestion to really go to town on a pet's liver.

Nonetheless, keep it away from your pets.

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