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yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701


Hi everybody.  I was given two of these when someone was having a clear out.  I was given them with some herbs but didn't get the name of this one.  Planted them a month or so ago.  If you trail your hand in this foliage it smells distinctly herby - very strong and tangy.  One suggestion has been that it will grow tiny yellow flowers at the top of each strong.  The other suggestion was that it will stay as it is and that it is a herb of some kind.  Both of them are about a foot high and have not grown any taller in a month - if that helps at all.

Does anyone know it? 

Thanks in advance.



  • LynLyn Posts: 8,376

    Try Curry plant Helichrysu

    m Italicum

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    That's it Lyn!  Thanks so much.  I'd thought I'd imagined the word 'curry' in the conversation at the time and so it subsequently slipped my mind.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I would also go with santolina. Yarrow, do the leaves smell like curry or more like lavender, that will answer your query. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Not a curry plant, they don't have leaves like that

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    They smell very strongly like lavender.  Extremely strongly.  But - I think the person who gave them to me had also guessed they were curry plant but was not sure.  Sorry Lyn...looks like it is santolina right enough but I wouldn't have known it myself.  This is a great forum for these exchanges.  Such a lot learned and experienced and so much better than spending hours pouring through books or on the web. 

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    Oops...but we ARE on the web!image

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    Thanks Edd.  Love those watering cans...really inventive idea.  Are they yours and how does it work?


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