A type of herb that is grown both for its ornamental beauty, its aroma, bright flowers, and its spicy flavor when used in foods. As a young plant curry looks very similar to lavender, growing dusty greenish-grey, needle shaped leaves. Once it matures however, the appearance of the curry plant changes as small round, yellow colored flowers bloom on the stalks of the plant which may reach 24 to 48 inches in height.
In summer, clusters of small yellow flowers are produced that can be used in dried flower arrangements since they retain their color.
When consumed as a food, curry is most often considered a seasoning which the English use to flavor cream cheese sandwich spreads. Due to the strong aroma of this herb which does have a distinctive sage-like fragrance or that of a mixture of curry spices, curry is typically added to foods sparingly, providing a distinctive flavor for salads or meats.
Medicinal, Helichrysum offers powerful tissue regeneration properties, and aids in the formation of scar tissue. Historically, curry plants were also revered as a powerful aphrodisiac for attracting a lover!