Curry plant description:
This plant has nothing to do with the curry in Indian cooking, but it does have a strong curry-like fragrance and taste – so it can be added to salads.
It has very bold silver foliage and has bright yellow flowers in the summer.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
It looks good just about the whole year round – highly recommended and is excellent for a herb garden, border or patio but it does require well drained soil and a site that isn’t too exposed.
We have plenty more herb plants for sale – many are easy to grow.
Botanical name: Helichrysum italicum or Helichrysum angustifolium.
Curry plant culinary uses:
Use leaves in salads.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, especially as it gives year round interest.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture. Can cope with fairly dry soil.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Fairly hardy. Is happy in our winters in East Anglia, UK.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It does need a trim after flowering to keep it from making a straggly plant.
Size of plant:
Height 50 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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