Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Provides winter interest
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects


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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2013-01-04
By Bonehead
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 28, 2014 11:11 AM

Silvery leaves with the sharp smell of curry when brushed against. Not to be confused with Curry Leaf (Murraya koenigii) which is used in traditional curry mixtures. The leaves of H. italicum may be used to impart a slight curry flavor to stews, but the leaves should be removed before serving as they have a bitter taste. The oil from the blossoms may be used as an anti-inflammatory, fungicide, or astringent. Some cats will avoid the plant, disliking the smell. The flowers may be used in dried arrangements. It is drought tolerant, and dislikes wet feet. Barely hardy to Zone 8b, I have often lost this plant over hard winters.

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