A confusingly named plant as it’s not actually one of the many species used to make traditional curries and is not edible but does have a scent reminiscent of curry. Though not heavily used in many culinary dishes it is a fantastic drought tolerant plant that insects flock to when it is in flower! We’ve planted this one in the worst of the worst soils and it has thrived. Silvery foliage is very aromatic and a great addition to the sunny border or Mediterranean dry garden.
Latin Name: Helichrysum italicum
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun in slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
Hardiness: Hardy to about 5F.
Size at Maturity: Grows 2-3′ in height and width
Bloom Time: May-July
Pests & Diseases: None that we’ve found here
USDA Zone: 7b