Curry Leaf

Murraya koenigii

An attractive and useful plant for the edible garden! Aromatic leaves have a nutty, pungent flavor, different than that of curry powder. Upright shrub or small tree with a graceful, open form that works well as a landscape or container specimen. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationmer-RAY-yuh ko-NIG-ee-eye
LoreFor centuries, the Curry Leaf has been a popular and essential seasoning in many asian and indian dishes and also used for herbal remedies, including Ayurvedic treatments. It is most often used in curries, soups or dishes with coconut milk. Some sources cite medicinal use as an antinauseant and stomachic, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The fruits are not often used but are edible; the seeds are not. Others believe in eating the leaves as a cure for increased sugar levels in the body versus insulin. Cultural common names include: Curry leaf tree, sweet neem, curry patta, and karivepaku. Note: Yellow curry powder (developed by the British during their colonial rule in India) is a blend of many different Indian spices, one of which is sometimes but not always curry leaf. Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum - an herbaceous annual of the Aster family that also has a curry-like aroma) is not related to Curry Leaf and is not recommended as a substitute for curry leaf in cooking.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 6-15 ft tall, 4-8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeIntermittently, year-round
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeRepeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Landscape UseContainer, Specimen
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEdible, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly or more often in extreme heat.

Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Shelter from strong winds and frost. In cold zones, overwinter container plants indoors in bright light.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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