One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European bugloss, Echium plantagineum, a blue-flowered plant which has become a serious pasture weed in much of southern and western Australia and in parts of New Zealand, but is also valued for emergency fodder and as a honeybee plant.
Early 20th century. From the genitive of the surname Paterson + curse.
Paterson's curse/ˌpatəs(ə)nz ˈkəːs/
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