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Curry Plant

Helichrysum angustifolia Tall Curry

Foliage smells curiously of curry

The curry plant has very attractive narrow, silvery-grey leaves that smell of curry. In summer clusters of yellow flowers appear.


Happiest in a sheltered sunny spot. Perfect for containers, gravel gardens or the front of a sunny border.


Best in well drained soil. Easy to grow but needs protection from frost in very cold winters. Place some extra grit in the planting hole if your soil is heavy. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

The oils extracted from this plant have medicinal value but despite smelling of curry the leaves are not used in cooking.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 45 cm - 61 cm
Plant width 5 cm - 10 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 55 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September