Echium plantagineum (Purple Viper's Bugloss) is a species of Echium, native to western and southern Europe (from southern England south to Iberia and east to the Crimea), northern Africa, and southwestern Asia (east to Georgia).
It is an annual or biennial plant growing to 20-60 cm tall, with rough, hairy, lanceolate leaves up to 14 cm long. The flowers are purple, 15-20 mm long, with all the stamens protruding, and borne on a branched spike.
Echium plantagineum has become an invasive species in Australia, where it is also known as Patterson's Curse, Paterson's Curse or Salvation Jane (particularly in South Australia). Other names are Blueweed, Lady Campbell Weed or Riverina Bluebell.
or is it this other one?
Echium vulgare (Viper's Bugloss) is a species of Echium native to most of Europe, and western and central Asia.
It is a biennial or monocarpic perennial plant growing to 30-80 cm tall, with rough, hairy, lanceolate leaves. The flowers start pink and turn vivid blue and are 15-20 mm in a branched spike, with all the stamens protruding. Stamens remain red and stand out against the blue flowers. It flowers between May and September. It is found in dry, bare and waste places.]
It has been introduced to North America and is naturalised in parts of the continent, being listed as an invasive species in Washington.
Either one are labeled as yet another
"invasive species" that seem to be very beneficial to bees. I hope we beeks don't get a bad rep! hehe... I'm going to start a new brand of honey = INVASIVE HONEY!
Kudzu, Viper's Bugloss, Purple loosestrife, etc., etc., loads of varieties available!!