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Western Gorse

Ulex gallii

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
Clusters of yellow pea-like flowers. Smaller and narrower than Common Gorse flowers, up to 2cm long.
Fruit:
Dark brown oval, pointed seed pods, bursting open in spring.
Leaves:
An evergreen prickly shrub. The spiny leaves are a darker green and less furrowed than the similar looking Common Gorse.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Aroma:
The flowers are slightly fragrant but not as much as Common Gorse.
Other Names:
Dwarf Furze.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, heathland, moorland, scrub, sea cliffs, towns, woodland.