Escallonia illinita Presl

Evergreen shrub to about 3 m tall. Young shoots hardly angled but with sticky glands. Leaves to 5 cm or so long and 3 cm wide, obovate to elliptic, sticky and curry-scented; margin toothed. Flowers in clusters, white; summer.

E. ×franciscana Eastw. has the scent of one parent, E. illinita, and the gland-dotted leaves of the other parent, E. rubra var. macrantha.


The foliage gives off a pronounced curry aroma that is sometimes difficult to detect when close to the shrub, but distinct when up to 10 m away.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Grossulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Escalloniales
family       Escalloniaceae
genus        Escallonia Mutis