Curry Plant, Immortelle
Scientific Name: Helichrysum angustifolia DC.
Synonym: Helichrysum italicum
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Helichrysum angustifolia 'nana'
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: All zones
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Southern Europe, Corsica, Dalmatia
Growth Habits: Shrubby perennial, up to 2-3 feet tall (60-90 cm) depending on variety, 2 feet spread (60 cm)
Watering Needs: Regular water, keep on the dry side
The curry plant has a strong curry-like aroma, but it is not the source of the curry spice. It is used to flavor salads and meat dishes. Its essential oils are used in herbal medicine. The curry spice is a blend of cumin, turmeric, & assorted Mid-eastern spices, the exact mix varying from region to region.
Plant 10 inches apart (25 cm). Does well in average to poor soil. The cultivar 'nana' shown on the picture stays below 12 inches tall (30 cm).
Bright yellow flowers in 2-inches wide clusters from July to September.