Helichrysum italicum, also known as curry plant, is a low-growing evergreen shrub with silvery-grey leaves that have a strong curry scent when crushed. In summer, it produces clusters of small, yellow flowers. It is a popular plant for herb gardens, rock gardens, and borders, and its leaves are sometimes used in cooking and aromatherapy. It prefers a sunny, well-drained spot and is tolerant of drought once established. It is also deer-resistant.
- Common Name(s):Curry Plant
- Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
- How big will I get? Helichrysum italicum can grow to a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m.
- Did You Know That:The common name “immortelle” comes from the plant’s ability to retain its yellow flowers’ color and shape even after drying?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Helichrysum italicum prefers soil with good drainage and does not tolerate standing water. This plant is not tolerant of acidic soil, it requires either a neutral or alkaline soil to grow.
Helichrysum italicum prefers a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.
Helichrysum italicum will benefit from pruning in Spring. Shrubs that produce their flowers in mid to late Summer or Autumn, typically flower on new growth, so by reducing the shrub in Spring you encourage lots of new, flower producing growth.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Helichrysum italicum is generally pest free, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as downy mildew and powdery mildews. It is also known to attract bees. It is not considered to be toxic.