Italian bugloss (Echium italicum)

Italian bugloss is a biennial hairy plant. It is an uncommon weed that is related to Paterson's curse.


How does this weed affect you?

Italian bugloss is an uncommon weed of pasture, crops, roadsides and wasteland and can be poisonous to livestock. 

Where is it found?

Italian bugloss is native to Europe, it is found in a few small patches in south-west NSW.

What does it look like?

Itailian bugloss is similar to Paterson's curse (Echium plantagineum) and vipers bugloss (Echium vulgare). It flowers are bluish-, yellowish- or pinkish-white, with five protruding stamens. It is more hairy than Paterson’s curse or viper’s bugloss.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Italian bugloss (Echium italicum).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All pest plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.

Reviewed 2014