Helichrysum stoechas - (Asteraceae)

Helichrysum stoechas

The leaves of this plant smell strongly of curry.

One of several members of the Daisy family (Asteraceae) common in the Mediterranean Region, this plant can be identified by a strong smell of curry when the leaves or stems are crushed. Helichrysum stoechas also grows in northwest Africa and eastwards as far as Turkey. It flowers from April to July.

This specimen was photographed in the Algarve southern Portugal in May.