Blueweed

 

Latin name:

Echium vulgare

Native to:

Europe and western and central Asia

REGIONALLY NOXIOUS

Regional Distribution:
Blueweed has been located on the Revelstoke Greenbelt and sporadically distributed around the Columbia Shuswap region.

Description:
It is a perennial plant growing 30-80 cm tall. The leaves and stems are slightly hairy and can be painful to grab. The flowers are bright blue and cover the upper sides of the branches connecting to the main stem.

Control:
The best control is prevention and early action.
For recommended control methods please visit these resources: Invasive Species Council of BC
http://www.weedsbc.ca/weed_desc/blueweed.html

Fun facts:
Blueweed can produce 2800 seeds per plant! Make sure none cling to your clothing or pets if you come in contact with this weed.