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Plant Curry: the immortelle of the vegetable garden

2021-12-01T11:36:09.158Z

PLANT SHEET - Where to plant this cousin of the artichoke, both decorative and aromatic? How to dry it? Our responses.



Latin name

 :

Helichrysum italicum.

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Family

: Asteraceae (formerly Compositae), such as artichoke, sunflower or dahlia.

What is the origin of the curry plant?

This plant, also called curry herb and immortal from Italy, is native to the Mediterranean basin.

Main types:

The curry plant belongs to the genus Helichrysum (from the Greek

helios,

the sun, and

chrysos,

the gold) like all immortelles.

There are several hundred of them.

How to use the curry plant?

You can use the curry plant in the vegetable garden with other condiments, or in a pot on a bright balcony.

Its very fragrant leaves are used in many dishes.

Like all immortals, it is also used to make splendid dried bouquets.

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What are the characteristics of the curry plant?

Curry herb or curry plant, also known as Italian immortelle, is a bushy perennial with beautiful silvery-gray evergreen foliage, which can grow to 50-60cm tall.

Its small yellow flowers gathered in a head, like all Asteraceae, are the most beautiful effect.

Their persistence has earned the plant and all helichrysums the nickname of immortal.

Flowering period:

June to August.

Hardiness:

Sensitive to extreme cold, Helichrysum italicum, on the other hand, tolerates heat and lack of water very well.

It adapts very well to the seaside garden.

Where to plant the curry plant and how to grow it?

Difficulty level

: None.

Soil:

Sandy, well-drained soil is preferable, as Italian Everlasting fears stagnant moisture.

Exposure:

Sunny.

Sowing / planting:

The curry plant is propagated by cuttings in spring, by taking non-flowering herbaceous shoots.

It is also possible to cut young shoots at the end of the summer and to overwinter them in the shelter before transplanting them the following spring.

Cultivation management

 : Curry herb is also easily cultivated in a pot, provided it is placed on a balcony or on a sunny terrace.

Choose a large pot at least 30 cm deep and prepare a good mixture of potting soil, sand and garden soil.

In the ground, it is advisable to protect its roots well from the cold by mulching it generously at the onset of winter.

Pruning is carried out in two stages: at the end of summer to remove the flowering stems, then at the end of winter to remove the old wood and allow the plant to restart well.

Diseases and pests

 : Aphids.

Read alsoHow to prune a "curry plant"?

How to dry the curry plant?

Pick the flowering stems in early summer before they fully bloom.

Hang them upside down in a dark, well-ventilated place.

The dried flowers will keep their color and can be used to make a bouquet for the winter.

The leaves are collected all year round as needed.

Sheet produced by Jean-Marc Muller,

SNHF

, Vegetable and fruit trees section

Source: lefigaro

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