There's a long story with these images. This is the horribly invasive Blueweed, Echium vulgare (Boraginaceae). In June 1997, biotech Eddie Hertz and I were looking for remnant prairie plants along the railroad ROW along TX 29 west of Bertram, TX (Burnet Co.). Eddie spotted some blue flowers that neither of us recognized. It turned out to be the first well-documented report of Blueweed for Texas. The plants were right along a busy roadside and railroad track and we suspect they were brought in with hay imported in a recent drought (1996). We went back the next day and removed the two plants we could find (sacked and trashed) and looked around, finding no more plants at the time. We documented the occurrence with a specimen now in the herbarium collection at Balcones Canyonlands NWR (Spec. No. BCNWR 980, coll. 5 June 1997, Hertz & Sexton).
Fast forward to June 2010, members of the Hill Country chapter of Texas Master Naturalists spotted Blueweed again, precisely in the same area. Evidently, Eddie and I had not eradicated the plants. Moreover, a church had now been built on the site and Blueweed had spread all through the disturbed parking areas of that church (dirt and gravel). Subsequently, on June 7 & 16, 2010, that chapter organized another effort to eradicate the species at that location, with hand digging, flower head removal, and herbicide application. These images were taken during that effort. I need to get back to that site (now 5-1/2 yrs since) to see what remains.
More info on this species can be found here:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you find this plant anywhere, remove it immediately (sacked and trashed) but do so ONLY with heavy leather or gardening gloves. All parts of the plant are spinescent and can cause serious dermititis. It's a mean, nasty invasive species!
I think this is that crazy awesome purple spear flower that grows well at the coast, but I'm not so familiar with coastal stuff
Campi e incolti aridi.
In regione Monfalcone, lungo il confine con Mombercelli, lungo il rio Rabengo, in Val Busclin.
Common in exotic grassland
Echium candicans (pride of Madeira). Coastal cliff track, Diamond Harbour, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula. © Murray Dawson
Found along the road side.