The legend of the Paterson Curse flowers

Many years ago, there was a horse farm down in South Australia, who grew racing horses for competitions. These horses were very expensive and one day a snake bit one of the horses. The owner quickly called the vet, but unfortunately the horse had died. The owner then contacted his insurance company and told them that the horse died from food poisoning, after eating Paterson Curse plants. The insurance company which insured all his horses for premium dollars, did not flinch and paid a massive amount covering the cost of the horse.

This event has sparked the story around the Salvation Jane – Paterson Curse, which became the biggest myth and fake knowledge about this unique plant. The Paterson Curse is rich in protein, and evidently sheep and cows eat it, and so do horses and goats. Additionally, the Paterson Curse yields nectar in high quality, to produce one of the best honeys in Australia and all over the world.

The story gained more and more momentum and bad effect, as if not enough to get the bad rap, farmers got together and financed a university research stating that Paterson Curse is a poison and even radioactive, not to mention the honey produced from these flowers contain copper… Eventually, a virus was developed to kill the plants, and it was released to the open in order to spread and terminate the plants.

A few facts about the Paterson Curse: All animals eat it. The honey from Paterson Curse is top quality, and one acre can yield up to 550kg in good season. Unfortunately, an amazing source of honey of the highest quality is vanishing right in front of our eyes. The oil from Paterson Curse seeds is very therapeutic and in high demand – if you can get the seeds at all.

I am amazed how people can pick such an innocent target and aim so much effort at it without even thinking whether the story behind it is actually true, without checking the facts. Keep eating Paterson Curse Honey! Ask for it! Demand beekeepers to provide it, maybe we will be able to save the plant… Plant seeds in your own garden, the perfume from these flowers is amazing too.

Enjoy our Paterson Curse when we extract it, as it soon might disappear completely. 

3 thoughts on “The legend of the Paterson Curse flowers”

    1. Hi John,
      Paterson’s seeds are hard to get, you may want to ask a few of your local nurseries to source them out for you or you can try to collect them.
      Sorry, we can’t be more helpful.

    2. Hi John,

      Patersons curse ( Echnium Plantaganeium) is classed as a weed. BUT some Very good new = Simply type in Echnium Mulberry
      on @eBay Au and you can buy 10 seeds for $5.65 and FREE postage. The More seed you but = Cheaper price AND its flowers
      are HUGE and it is NOT classed as a weed. There are MANY Echnium sp of seeds on @eBay Au with Killer sized flowers.
      Echium Mulberry Fields is a brilliant Echium variety producing spectacularly large purple flower spikes profusely throughout the warmer months. This beautiful evergreen perennial has elegant silvery green foliage which not only provides elegant textural contrast for the purple flower spikes, but also provides an attractive and stylish foliar backdrop to both modern and traditional gardens alike. This heavy flowering variety produces long-lasting flowers spikes which provide months of colour at a time. The flower spikes are suitable in large cut flower floral displays. Echium varieties are typically easy to grow and provide spectacular colour from Spring through to late Autumn, with the Spring flush being the most spectacular. A light trim after the first flush of flowers will ensure heavy flowering throughout the season. Echium Mulberry Fields is an improved selection of the traditional species of Echium Fastuosum commonly known as the Pride of Madeira, and is not considered a noxious weed in Australia.
      Kind regards Pete

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