Common name: Pride of Madiera
Botanical name: Echium candicans spp. (includes E. plantagineum, E. candicans)
Other common names: Salvation Jane
General description: Evergreen ornamental shrubs ranging in size from small compact shrubs 20 to 60cm tall up to 1 to 2m.
Flowers: Flowers are clustered on long spikes, light blue through to blue purple in colour, sometimes white or pink, 1 to 2cm long with exserted stamens.
Leaves: Leaves are alternate on the stem, oblong to lanceolate tapering to a fine tip, softly hairy (E. candicans) or with stiff hairs (E. plantagineum).
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are small wrinkled nutlets.
Symptoms: The whole plant is poisonous. Toxicity usually occurs from use in herbal remedies. Symptoms can be delayed days to weeks after ingestion and may include acute liver disease and gastroenteritis; enlarged liver and spleen, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Stiff hairs on the plant can cause skin irritation and dermatitis.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: Seek medical attention for all ingestions.