Helichrysum stoechas

Helichrysum stoechas

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

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 region of Portugal in May.