A picture of a Curry Plant

Curry Plant

Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum italicum flowers by Júlio Reis (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H6-H2

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Curry Plant

Some yellow Helichrysum italicum flowers
A photo of Curry Plant
A photo of Curry Plant
A photo of Curry Plant
A photo of Curry Plant

Curry Plant Overview

Helichrysum italicum is an evergreen perennial that produces attractive silvery-green, curry-scented foliage. Commonly known by the name Curry Plant, it is used to flavour dishes, however needs to be removed before serving. It can also be used in hand creams and potpourris. This low maintenance shrub is a member of the Asteraceae family, and only needs a prune in late summer to maintain a compact habit.

Common problems with Curry Plant

Curry Plant Companion Plants

How to harvest Curry Plant

Stems can be cut from this to use the leaves as a herb.

How to propagate Curry Plant

Seed

Sow late spring over the top of moist compost. Do not cover the seeds as they need light to germinate. Takes up to 2 weeks to germinate at 18-23 Degrees.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings can be made during the spring. Cut approximately a palms width of new growth (more if you have small hands) remover the lower leaves and place into compost. Cuttings should be taken from healthy material.

Division

Lifting and dividing this plant is possible during the Spring

Special features of Curry Plant

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Winter colour

Attractive flowers

Flowers appear in spring and summer and are an attractive yellow colour.

Other uses of Curry Plant

Rock garden

Medicinal

The oil from this plant is used as a homoeopathic medicine