Purple Peril
Medium Flowering
Potato Weed
Potato Weed (Heliotropium europaeum)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Other Small Plants
Order: Lamiales
Family: Forget-me-not (Boraginaceae)
Species: Potato Weed (Heliotropium europaeum)
This Photo:     "Naturalised"
Other name: Common Heliotrope

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We recently discovered our 1st infestation of this invasive weed. The seed was probably brought in by a native animal. Fortunately it is by our entrance track, so will be able to keep an eye on the location for any further outbreaks.
It flourashes in wet summers here in SA (which we've just had), but also grows in drier seasons; with the seeds geminating after warm weather & rain (eg late spring). It is a toxic plant (attacking the liver) and kills livestock (sheep & cattle), possibly taking years after grazzing on this weed for symptoms & death to occur

Copyright © 2005- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Feb-2005
This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)