Name Curry Plant
Botanical Name Helichrysum italicum syn.
Family Compositae, Asteraceae
Native to Native to Mediterranean and grown throughout Europe. Other species grow in Africa and Asia
Water Water when soil is dry
Sun Full sun
Soil Light, well drained soil
Width 3 feet
Space 3 feet
4" pots: $2.20
6" pots: $3.50
1 Gallon Root Pouch: 5.00
Clay pots and planters: Prices vary
The Curry Plant has linear, silvery-gray leaves and clusters of yellow, button-shaped flowers, which appear in summer. Although it is not the edible curry found on the spice rack, it is often planted in herb gardens because of it curry- like scent. Besides being attractive, it is also a practical plant because it repels garden pests.
Will Tolerate &
Keeping in Going
Does not need much attention
Drought tolerant once established
Thrives in poor to moderately fertile well-drained soil
Does well in coastal settings and rocky terrain
Does not tolerate cold, wet winters
Strong, cold winds
Continuously wet soil
Points of Interest
Helichrysum means "everlasting" or "immortal".
Other common names include Italian Strawflower and Immortelle.
It is an "everlasting flower", meaning its papery petals retain their color and form when dried therefore, they are ideal in dried floral arrangements.
Curry plant is not a culinary plant (that is a different type of curry!). It has established itself as an herb because of its fragrance and its ability to repel insects.
It naturally repels garden pests (insects and deer).
Ideal for rock gardens, cottage and coastal landscapes, Mediterranean and prairie style gardens.