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patterson's curse

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  • "Sam Pickles grew up on that racetrack, hanging around the stables or by the final turn where the Patterson's Curse grew knee high and the ground vibrated with all that passing flesh."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 11 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 25, 2010

  • Pro, that reminds me that the first time I saw this stuff was near Albury.

    October 6, 2009

  • Gooble!

    October 6, 2009

  • Wow. I went looking for images and the first link that Gooble brought up says "nationally rare." I guess I can see why someone wanted to grow it--pretty color--but... sheesh!

    October 6, 2009

  • According to Wikipedia (no reference given):

    It is said that both names for the plant Patterson/Paterson's Curse and Salvation Jane 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.

    October 6, 2009

  • Hmmmm. No idea. Not sure how to check either :-(

    October 5, 2009

  • Is this named after Banjo Paterson?

    October 5, 2009

  • An Australian name for Echium plantagineum, Purple Viper's Bugloss.

    October 4, 2009