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Scientific Name: Helichrysum italicum

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Helichrysum italicum


  • Perennial
  • Evergreen perennial, branched woody stems up to 60cm.
  • Aromatic, narrow silver-gray leaves.
  • Clusters of small rich yellow button-like flowers.
  • Frost hardy.
  • Well-drained soil and full sun.
  • Prune back in spring to within a few centimeters of the previous years growth.
  • Does not like wet winters.

Culinary Uses

  • Curry taste and aroma
  • Enhance taste of curries and stews
  • Chopped leaves into mayonnaise, soups and salad
  • Sprinkle over vegetable and egg dishes

Parts Used

  • Leaves and flower buds

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, astringent.
  • Prevent/relieve blood clotting (bruising)
  • Stimulate tissue regeneration
  • Powerful anti-oxidant.
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Help injuries: twists, sprains, bruises and tendonitis.
  • Soothes burns and raw chapped skin.
  • Treat respiratory problems

Other Uses

  • Fixative in perfumes
  • Hang flower buds upside down to dry - use in flower arrangements
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