Helichrysum tianshanicum

Silver Curry Bush



Silver Curry Bush is a small growing evergreen plant from Western China that has clusters of yellow yarrow-like flowers and bright white foliage. It thrives in dry, hot conditions and is very cold tolerant. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Bloom Time Early to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 56500


18-24" tall x 30-36" wide. A fabulous, recent introduction to American horticulture, Silver Curry bush hails from the distant and very cold Tian Shan Mountains on the border between Kazakhstan and western China. The fine textured, evergreen foliage is pure white in bright sun; it’s the plant’s most attractive feature. When brushed, the leaves give off the pleasant scent of curry. The small yellow yarrow-like flowers appear in mid-summer but aren’t very showy. This is a plant that thrives in extreme conditions thriving in hot, dry sites with cold winters. Yet it does extremely well in the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest. A very versatile small shrub! Cut back by a foot every 3 to 4 years to re-invigorate it and give it a compact shape. Low fertility, well-drained soil. Plant with Lavender and Russian sage.
SKU 56500
Common Name Silver Curry Bush
Botanical Name Helichrysum tianshanicum
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Mature Spread 30-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Hot Desert, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Helichrysum tianshanicum (Silver Curry Bush) is a large genus of plants native to southern Africa, Asia and Australia. Helichrysum tianshanicum has strong curry-scented foliage that is not browsed by deer or rabbits.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Grow in most any soil type, including dry clay.
  • It prefers a full sun exposure.
  • Water transplants regularly for the first growing season and provide drier conditions once established.
  • Deadheading will prolong blooming.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.

Special Comments:

  • Helichrysum tianshanicum is a very tough, evergreen shrub that benefits from a light shearing when flowering is finished.
  • Cut back any winter-damaged tips in mid-spring.
  • Do not divide the plant; leave it undisturbed once established.
  • Great companion plant for Russian Sage (Perovskia).

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Fun and delicious smelling!


from Kanab, southern Utah zone 7, 14in/year

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight


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      Comments about High Country Gardens Helichrysum tianshanicum:

      I was so delighted when I opened my box from HCG to see three gorgeously pale, frosty, strong and multi-stemmed plants! These beauties are bursting with vitality and sooooo pretty. Even the very lowest leaves on the stem which had died, still looked nice and barely any different from the live leaves.

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      A garden workhorse that requires little care


      from Visalia, CA

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      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Pest Free
      • Very Drought Resistant


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        Comments about High Country Gardens Helichrysum tianshanicum:

        This fit my need for a silver foliage plant near several green and grey-green plants. The yellow blooms are a nice contrast to the foliage. The curry scent when the leaves are crushed is very distinctive. I watered the plant the first year and haven't since. I tend to plant natives, but I am glad that I added this one to my garden.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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