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GENISTA pilosa

Image of Genista pilosa

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

GENISTA pilosa

Plant Common Name

Sweet Broom

General Description

Silky woadwaxen is a lovely prostrate deciduous shrub from mountains and heathlands of Europe. A noninvasive cousin of the familiar tall brooms (Cytisus spp.), it bears stiff branches and smallish green leaves for a fine textured look. The stems scramble around stones and cascade gracefully off ledges, eventually covering an area many times their height. Their gray-green color is welcome in the winter garden. Growth rate is moderate. In mid-spring plants engulf themselves in masses of intense golden yellow pea-flowers. Small flat seed pods follow the flowers.

This sun-loving shrub is ideal for gardens in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States, where its drought tolerance and adaptability to thin alkaline soils are valuable characteristics. Use it as a ground cover for sunny banks, or plant it where it can spill over a wall.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-7' / 0.9m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No