Genista pilosa
Common name: 
Silkyleaf Broom
Silkyleaf Woadwaxen
Pronunciation: 
je-NIS-ta pi-LO-sa
Family: 
Fabaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous, prostrate (mostly) to erect shrub, to 12-18 inches (30-45 cm), green stems, finely pubescent.  Leaves alternate, simple, small (15 x 4 mm), deep green above, silvery pubescence below.  Flowers in terminal recemes, 1-3 axillary flowers, golden-yellow, cover the plants in late spring.
  • Full sun and well drained soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native range from southern Sweden to the Mediterranean; in dry summer areas.
  • Genista: classical Latin name for broom. pilosa: with long, soft hairs.
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