BROOM, woadwaxen

FAMILY: Papilionaceae | GENUS: GENISTA

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water

Plant Details

These twiggy, low-growing shrubs make fine bank or ground covers and are a welcome addition to the rock garden. Good drainage is essential for their survival; they grow well in sandy or gravelly, infertile soils. Showy, sweet pea shaped yellow flowers appear in spring. Leaves are often small and short lived; green branches give deciduous sorts an ever- green look.

genista lydia

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Evergreen; nearly leafless.
  • Grows to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide; makes a good ground cover.
  • Profuse show of blossoms at tips of shoots in late spring.
  • Sets few seeds.

genista pilosa

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • SILKYLEAF WOADWAXEN.
  • Deciduous.
  • Fairly fast-growing prostrate shrub, ultimately to 1112 feet tall with 7 feet spread.
  • Intricately branched gray-green twigs; roundish, 14- to 1 inches-long leaves.
  • Blooms in spring.
  • Vancouver Gold is a good selection.

genista tinctoria

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • DYER'S GREENWEED, WOADWAXEN.
  • Deciduous.
  • To 6 feet tall and wide, with undivided leaves to 2 inches long.
  • Upright flower spikes in late spring or early summer.
  • Royal Gold is a compact selection 2 feet tall and wide.

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