Curry Plant Helichrysum italicum

πŸ‘€ Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
πŸͺ Edible
β€πŸŒ± Easy-care
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The plant known as the curry plant is recognized for its silvery-gray foliage that carries a fine and silky texture. Its leaves are narrow and oblong-shaped, with a slight curl that gives the plant a soft, tactile appeal. The overall impression of the foliage is one of shimmering silver, as the leaves are covered in a dense array of tiny hairs that reflect light, giving the plant its characteristic luster. The curry plant also blooms with clusters of small, bright yellow flowers that form globular, papery heads. These flowers add a pop of color to the plant, contrasting vividly against the silver leaves. The blooms, which typically appear in the summer, have an almost everlasting quality when dried, retaining much of their color and form. The plant carries a distinctive aroma, which is often likened to that of curry; however, it is not related to the spice blend and is not typically used for culinary purposes. This strong fragrance emanates from the leaves when they are lightly bruised or crushed and contributes to the unique sensory profile of the curry plant. The curry plant has a bushy habit, often growing with an overall rounded shape that contributes to the appearance of a soft, textured mound of silver-greenery punctuated by the vivid yellow bloom clusters.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Curry Plant, Italian Strawflower, Immortelle.

    • Common names

      Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum italicum subsp. microphyllum, Helichrysum italicum subsp. italicum, Helichrysum picardii, Helichrysum serotinum, Gnaphalium angustifolium, Gnaphalium italicum, Xeranthemum italicum.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning from ingesting the curry plant, and it is often used in cooking and herbal medicine for its flavor and potential health benefits. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities can occur, and it is always wise to consult with a healthcare provider before using it medicinally.

    • To pets

      Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) is also generally considered non-toxic to pets. There is no evidence to suggest that the curry plant is harmful to dogs, cats, or other domestic animals when ingested in small amounts. However, just as with humans, individuals may have unique sensitivities, and it's always recommended to keep an eye on your pet and consult with a veterinarian if any unusual symptoms arise after ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Skin Care: Helichrysum italicum, commonly known as Immortelle, is used in skincare products for its rejuvenating and restorative properties.
    • Anti-inflammatory: The plant possesses natural anti-inflammatory compounds beneficial in soothing skin irritations and redness.
    • Aromatic: Immortelle has a distinctive warm, herbal scent that is used in perfumery and aromatherapy for its comforting and uplifting qualities.
    • Emotional Well-being: The essential oil is often used to help reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and promote emotional balance and well-being.
    • Culinary Use: The leaves and flowers can be used as a flavoring agent in culinary applications, adding a unique taste to dishes.
    • Decorative: With its small, yellow flowers, Immortelle is often used in dried flower arrangements, wreaths, and bouquets for its long-lasting beauty.
    • Xeriscaping: The plant is well-suited for xeriscaping and can thrive in dry, poor soil conditions, making it useful for drought-resistant landscaping.
    • Herbal Teas: Immortelle can be used to make herbal teas that are enjoyed for their taste and for soothing relaxation.<

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory – Helichrysum italicum has been used traditionally to reduce inflammation.
    • Antioxidant – The plant contains compounds that are believed to have antioxidant effects.
    • Antimicrobial – It is reported to have properties that inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and fungi.
    • Antiallergenic – It may help in reducing allergic reactions.
    • Antispasmodic – May provide relief from spasms in the muscles.
    • Cicatrizant – Helichrysum italicum is traditionally used to aid in wound healing and to help reduce the appearance of scars.
    • Anxiolytic – Some components are thought to possess anxiety-reducing effects.
    • Hepatoprotective – It may offer some protection to the liver from certain types of damage.
    • Diuretic – Traditionally used to increase urine production, thereby assisting in the elimination of waste from the body.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Helichrysum italicum, commonly known as curry plant due to its strong aroma resembling that of the curry spice, can be used in cooking to impart a curry-like flavor to dishes, though it is not related to the true curry plant.
    • Its essential oil is often employed in the fragrance industry for its warm, spicy, herbaceous scent and can be found in perfumes, colognes, and other scented products.
    • Fresh or dried stems of curry plant can be incorporated into floral arrangements and bouquets, where they add a unique texture and a curry-like aroma.
    • The silver-gray foliage of the curry plant is used in garden landscaping to create contrast with green plants and for its ability to thrive in poor soil conditions.
    • Foliage of the curry plant can be used in dyeing textiles, giving them a subtle yellow or green hue depending on the process.
    • The plant is sometimes kept as a companion plant in gardens where it is believed to repel certain pests with its strong scent.
    • The dried flowers are a popular choice for crafting everlasting bouquets, wreaths, and other decorations that retain their shape and color after drying.
    • Curry plant leaves can be infused in oils and vinegars to add flavor for culinary use in salad dressings or marinades.
    • It can be used in potpourri mixtures for its long-lasting fragrance and as a natural moth repellent in wardrobes.
    • Some use the curry plant in aromatherapy for its calming and uplifting scent, not associated with its medicinal properties, but rather for its olfactory benefits.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Curry Plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Curry Plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Eternal Life: Helichrysum italicum, commonly known as the Curry Plant, dries without losing its form or color, symbolizing immortality and the everlasting.
    • Healing: Due to its medicinal properties, the Curry Plant is often associated with healing and rejuvenation.
    • Protection: In folklore, the Curry Plant is believed to provide protection due to its strong aroma and resilient nature.
    • Memory and Remembrance: The Curry Plant's persistence and longevity make it a symbol of lasting memory and a tribute to the past.

Every 2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2 years
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) should be watered deeply but infrequently, as it prefers well-drained soil and does not tolerate standing water. During the growing season, watering once every 7 to 10 days is usually sufficient, providing about one to two gallons of water each time depending on the size of the plant and the environmental conditions. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot. Decrease watering in the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Curry Plant thrives in full sun exposure, where it can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. The best spot for the Curry Plant would be a south-facing location where it’s bathed in ample sunlight. If planted indoors, place it near a sunny window to ensure it gets enough light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Curry Plant is hardy and can withstand a temperature range from 30 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but it thrives best in temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate short periods of frost, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below freezing may harm the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Curry Plant should be pruned to maintain its shape and encourage bushy growth. Prune lightly in spring after the last frost has passed. It's also advisable to remove any dead or damaged stems to promote the health of the plant. The best time for major pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) should be well-draining and sandy with some organic matter. A mixture of two parts sand or perlite, one part peat or coconut coir, and one part compost is ideal. Curry Plant prefers a slightly acid to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) should be repotted every 2-3 years, or when it outgrows its current pot. This perennial herb prefers not to be disturbed too often, so repotting too frequently should be avoided unless necessary.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) thrives in low to moderate humidity conditions and does not require high humidity. It is fairly drought-tolerant once established and prefers a Mediterranean climate.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Curry Plant in a sunny spot with good air flow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Curry Plant in full sun with well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Helichrysum italicum, commonly known as the curry plant, begins its life cycle as a seed which, under appropriate conditions of warmth and moisture, germinates in the spring. The seedling develops into a young plant with characteristic narrow, silver-grey leaves and an aromatic scent reminiscent of curry. As it matures, the plant forms a woody base and starts to produce its distinctive small yellow flowers in dense clusters by early to mid-summer, attracting a variety of pollinators. After pollination, the flowers produce seeds which are dispersed by wind or other means and may lie dormant until the next spring. Throughout its life cycle, the curry plant is a perennial, capable of surviving winter in mild climates, and will regrow from its woody base each year. The plant can also be propagated vegetatively by cuttings taken in late summer, thereby bypassing the seed stage for faster reproduction.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating the Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) is through cuttings, particularly taken in late spring or early summer. To propagate with this method, a gardener selects a healthy, non-flowering shoot and cuts a length of about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10-15 cm). The lower leaves of the cutting are then stripped to expose the nodes, and the base of the cutting is often dipped in a rooting hormone to facilitate root growth. The prepared cutting is then placed in a pot with well-draining soil, making sure a few nodes are buried where roots can form. The soil is kept moist but not waterlogged, and the pot is placed in a warm area with indirect sunlight. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, and once established, the plant can be transferred to its final growing location.