Curry Plant

Helichrysum italicum

The clusters of yellow flowers are used as a fixative in perfumes and have an intense fragrance. Although called “curry plant,” it has a resinous, somewhat bitter aroma reminiscent of sage or wormwood, and its young shoots and leaves are often stewed in Mediterranean meat, fish, or vegetable dishes. An essential oil distilled form the plant is used to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, or other skin blemishes. It is said to support the body through post-illness fatigue and convalescence, mainly through boosting normal immune function.

Water: Light water

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Herbaceous perennial to 2' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Dry, rocky, sandy soils

Origin: Mediterranean

Curry Plant