The leaves and the flowers are used of this curry plant, that releases a mouthwatering fragrance of curry each time you brush past it. This is an upright plant that will grow into a semi-sprawling shrub of about 60cm. It has densely arrayed needle-shaped leaves which are covered in fine hairs. These give the plant a silvered appearance.
This plant requires an open sunny position and a very well drained soil. Plants may suffer temporary die back after light frost. If your temperature drops below 5°C then plant under protection for the winter.
You can prune and shape the shrub. It does not do well in prolonged rain so to avoid any fungus which may grow on the foliage mulch around the plant, and ensure it has good air circulation. You can use this herb picked fresh.
Add sprigs to eggs, rice and vegetable dishes to impart a mild curry flavour, but only cook briefly.
This plant is not to be confused with a curry tree. The curry tree leaves are what you use traditionally for Indian cooking. You can plant a curry tree in a container and it prefers a warm climate and must be placed in full sun, but it will survive in partial shade.
information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs