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Silverball Curry Plant

Helichrysum stoechas 'Silverball'

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Silverball Curry Plant (Helichrysum stoechas 'Silverball') at Green Thumb Nursery

Silverball Curry Plant flowers

Silverball Curry Plant flowers

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Silverball Curry Plant (Helichrysum stoechas 'Silverball') at Green Thumb Nursery

Silverball Curry Plant in bloom

Silverball Curry Plant in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Licorice Plant, Straw Flower


A small, bushy evergreen shrub that produces curry scented silvery foliage topped with long lasting yellow flowers in summer; will not grow in shade and prefers some shelter

Ornamental Features

Silverball Curry Plant is covered in stunning clusters of yellow flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to late summer. It has attractive silver evergreen foliage. The fuzzy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain silver throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Silverball Curry Plant is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silverball Curry Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silverball Curry Plant will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silverball Curry Plant makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features