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Helichrysum italicum

Immortelle d’Italie
Curry Plant

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

15-30 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Linear

Height

20-50 cm

Description

Called the ‘Curry Plant’ from the curry smell of the leaves. The flowers keep their colour after drying and are used in dry flower arrangements.

Garrigue, stony pastures, cliffs and dry mountain sides.

Flowers

The flower heads are made up of numerous tubular florets, bright yellow, surrounded by a translucent membrane.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Long, greenish-grey, soft hairy.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of small, 1-seeded fruit.

Edible

Leaves: the leaves added to food give a curry flavour, leaves should be removed before eating.

Medical

Flowers: essential oil, used in facial creams for its anti free radical action which protect cellular membranes from aging. Stimulates collagen production, thus improving the firmness of the skin.

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