Intuitively, Chokri strimmed round this plant in the middle of the path knowing I would want to preserve it.
Its leaves are highly aromatic but not with the usual sharp, clean, rosemary-like scent of so many Mediterranean plants.
And the flowers smell pungent, peppery, strange.
I looked it up first in my flower book and then online.
Eureka! That’s what it smells like! Curry!
Which is why it’s called the curry plant.
It has nothing to do with making curry, but the oil from its blossoms does have plenty of medicinal uses.
It’s also claimed to be a cat deterrent!