ULEX, FURZE, GORSE or WHIN

FLOWERING SHRUB. The common gorse (Ulex euro-paeus) bears rich golden-yellow flowers from February to May, usually growing to about 5 ft. The double form, occasionally much taller, is best for planting in gardens as it is more compact. Both tolerate bone-dry soil and will flourish on a sunny bank. Note that gorse does not like limy ground. Ulex nanus is the dwarf gorse which blooms in September. The single forms of gorse may be increased by seed sown as soon as ripe, the double form by cuttings of side shoots 4 in. long in August. Note that dead shoots of gorse are highly inflammable.

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