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Genista tinctoria (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Genista tinctoria (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Genista sagittalis

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Ground covers, Shrubs

GENISTA

The various species are native to central, southern, and eastern Europe. Leaves are often small and short-lived. Green branches give these deciduous plants an evergreen look. Flowers are yellow (rarely white or pink) and sweet pea shaped.

Less aggressive than other brooms (see Cytisus); the species listed here are not invasive. Smaller kinds are attractive in rock gardens and bank plantings. These shrubs tolerate rocky or infertile soil. Need good drainage.

Genista sagittalis

From southern and central Europe. Leafless. Rather rapid grower to 6 in. high and 3 ft. wide. Upright, flattened bright green branchlets. Stems are topped by golden blooms in late spring or early summer.

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