Dyer's Greenweed - Genista tinctoria


Prostrate to erect spineless plant to 1.5 metres though often less. Leaves oval to linear-lanceolate. Flowers 8 to 15 mm in leafy, stalked spikes, standard equalling keel. Pod narrow-oblong, hairless.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Grassy habitats, meadows, road verges and banks.

When to see it

Flowers July to September.

Life History

Deciduous subshrub.

UK Status

Widespread but very local in much of England and Wales, and scarce elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

This plant has now become scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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