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Commonly known as curry bush or immortelle, is a perennial herb with aromatic silver-gray foliage.

Physical Description:

Leaves: Small, narrow, silver-gray leaves with a distinct curry-like aroma when crushed. The leaves are covered with fine hairs, giving them a fuzzy appearance.

Stems: Woody stems that are typically upright and branched.

Flowers: Small, yellow flowers with a dry texture. The flowers are not showy but contribute to the plant's overall appearance.

Uses:

Aromatic: The curry-like fragrance of the leaves makes Helichrysum italicum popular for its aromatic qualities. It is often grown for its scent and is used in potpourris and sachets.

Culinary: Despite its common name, curry plant is not typically used in cooking. The aroma is more reminiscent of curry spices, but the plant is not a culinary herb.

Medicinal: In some traditional herbal practices, Helichrysum italicum has been used for its potential anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. The essential oil extracted from the plant is also used in aromatherapy.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, sandy soil is preferred. The plant is adapted to poor, rocky soils.

Watering: Curry plant is drought-tolerant and prefers dry conditions. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Sunlight: Full sun is ideal for optimal growth. The plant thrives in sunny and hot conditions.

Hardiness: Helichrysum italicum is often grown in warmer climates and is sensitive to frost. It may be cultivated as an annual in cooler regions.

Harvesting:

Harvest leaves as needed for their aromatic qualities. Regular pruning can help maintain a bushy and compact shape.

Curry Bush (Helichrysum italicum)

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