The curry plant or helichrysum is considered as a unique herb that deserves your attention. The plant is a tender perennial that could not tolerate hard frost.
This plant prefers soil that drains properly, direct exposure to sun and warm conditions. If your area has intermittent drought, this plant is definitely a good option.
Areas behind your garage or shed are good locations to position your plant. Take note that it thrives well if planted in poor soil and is not meticulous with the pH level. Additionally, the plant does not require mulching and also a natural pest repellant.
This plant can grow up to the height of 30 inches, thus it has an appearance of a combination of rosemary and lavender. It offers gray-green soft foliage and produces miniature yellow-colored flowers. The plant will require stalking particularly in locations that are windy or a location that has a lot of traffic.
This type of plant is considered as an aromatic herb due to its scent that is quite similar to curry. If it is planted in a pathway, the aroma can be truly enticing. Even though the aromatic scent is lost when used in cooking, it is still has its uses in the kitchen.
If it is chopped finely, it compliments mild dishes as well as ingredients such as yogurt, eggs, fish and mild cheeses. Additionally, it even improves the blend of vinegar and ideal as a garnish.
If you want to grow this plant to your garden, you can either use seeds or cuttings and the plant can easily thrive on its own. Just take note that the plant can get untidy after some time and can become less productive during its third and fourth year.
In case you are going to plant it indoors, it is an ideal house plant as long as it is provided with enough sunlight. The plant requires additional lighting if it cannot receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. It is recommended to place it close to a window so that it will receive all the sunlight that it needs.
With the wonderful aroma provided by the curry plant, it is definitely a lovely addition to your garden since it will surely entice the senses. Even though the aroma diminishes once used in cooking, it can be even used in dishes as a garnish.
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