Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Echium plantagineum L.

Fully hardy annual or biennial with a basal rosette of bristly leaves and rich red-purple flowers in summer. Echium violaceum may be a form with paler flowers of a more violet colour.  To 60cm.  [RHS, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Echium violaceum was introduced to Britain in 1658 from Austria.  [JD].  Don gives a date of 1779 for Echium plantagineum

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.100/1843].


A major weed in much of southern Australia.  It was gazetted as a noxious weed in the State of Victoria as early as the 15th February, 1911.  [The Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Victoria vol.16, p.445/1918].

Echium violaceum Stokes = Echium vulgare L., Viper’s bugloss, another European species.

Published Feb 02, 2009 - 04:35 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 02:10 PM

Family Boraginaceae
Region of origin


  • Echium violaceum L. 

Common Name

Patterson?s curse, Salvation Jane

Name in the Camden Park Record

Echium violaceum 

Confidence level high