Paterson's Curse; Salvation Jane; Purple Vipers Bugloss
Introduced annual or rarely biennial forb to 1.5m tall. Leaves basal and alternating up the stems, stem leaves with a cordate base or with basal lobes, loosely stem clasping. Leaves 4-30cm long, 8-100mm wide, flat, hairy, often with slightly hairy edges. Basal leaves with blunt tips, stem leaves with pointed tips. Flowers usually purple or blue, rarely pink or white, funnel-shaped, with five lobes, in racemes at the tops of the branches. Declared plant in SA. Noxious weed in Vic.
Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 561
Weeds of Australia Biosecurity Queensland description: http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-490a-8d04-0605030c0f01/media/Html/Echium_plantagineum.htm#Habit