Curry plant Facts

Curry plant Facts
Curry plant is herbaceous shrub that belongs to the daisy family. It originates from Turkey. Curry plant is widely cultivated in Mediterranean region today. It can be found on the hillsides, rocky cliffs and arid areas. Curry plant grows on dry, rocky or sandy, well-drained soil, exposed to direct sunlight. People cultivate curry plant in ornamental purposes and a source of food and essential oils.
Interesting Curry plant Facts:
Curry plant grows in the form of shrub that can reach 2 feet in height and more than 3 feet in width. Stem of curry plant is woody at the base and it produces numerous grey branches.
Curry plant has elongated, narrow leaves. They are gray-green colored and look like a blend of rosemary and lavender leaves.
Name "curry plant" refers to strong scent that leaves emit, which slightly resembles the smell of curry powder. Some people describe smell of curry plant as "maple syrup-like" or "fenugreek-like".
Curry plant produces small yellow flowers arranged in flower heads on top of the flowering stems. Flowers contain both types of reproductive organs (perfect flowers).
Curry plant blooms from July to August. Flowers attract insects which are responsible for the pollination of this plant
Fruit of curry plant is achene-like cypsela (small, dry fruit) with a single seed.
Curry plant propagates via seed and cuttings.
Leaves and young shoots of curry plant are edible. They have slightly bitter, sage-like taste and they can be used for the preparation of soups, stews, dishes made of chicken, fish, eggs, cheese or rice. Flower heads are used for the preparation of tea. Leaves and flowers can be also used as garnish.
Flowers of curry plant retain their bright yellow color after removal from the stem. They are very popular and often used for the preparation of dry floral arrangements.
Flowers of curry plant are also used for the manufacture of wreaths and potpourris.
Flowers of curry plant are rich source of essential oils that have anti-inflammatory (prevent inflammation) and anti-fungal (prevent growth of fungi) properties. It takes more than a ton of flower heads for the manufacture of 1.9 pounds of essential oils.
Essential oils of curry plant can be used to relieve migraine and headache, in treatment of asthma, bronchitis, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, fever, cuts, burns and varicose veins. These oils can be also used to improve function of liver and removal of toxins from the body.
Essential oils of curry plant are used in the industry of perfumes.
Curry plant can be cultivated in low-water gardens (also known as xeriscape gardens). Strong smell of this plant repels bugs, deer and cats from the gardens.
Curry plant is perennial plant, which means that it can survive more than 2 years in the wild.

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