Sp. Pl. 178 (1753) APNI
Erect biennial 0.5–1.2 m high, glabrous below, with stalked or sessile glands above. Leaves in the lower parts oblong to oblanceolate, lamina 8–25 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, base tapering into short petiole, margins crenate-sinuate to pinnatifid; stem leaves sessile, stem-clasping. Racemes simple or few-branched, 30–60 cm long; flowers solitary in bract axils; bracts 7–8 mm long; pedicels 10–15 mm long (to 25 mm in fruit). Sepals 5–8 mm long; corolla 2.5–3 cm diam., pale pink, white (or yellow) with purple centre, upper lobes shortest; stamens 5, lower pair longest, 7–9 mm long, filaments densely villous, hairs of the 2 lower stamens purple, of the 3 upper white and purple, anthers all reniform, but those of lower 2 stamens obliquely inserted and decurrent along filament. Capsule globose, 7–8 mm long, finely glandular-pubescent. Flowers spring and summer.
*CVU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised NSW, Tas. Native to Europe and Asia. Locally common weed of disturbed ground, roadsides, pasture etc. in the north-east (e.g. Wangaratta, Tallangatta, Corryong), rather uncommon elsewhere in the State.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|