Genista sagittalis

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Genista sagittalis L.

Fabaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: dry

Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: clay - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: pea-shaped
Fruit: legume

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales

Genista sagittalis, commonly known as Winged Broom, Arrow Broom, is a shrub.

Naming

Genista sagittalis was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Genista sagittalis is a species in the genus Genista which contains approximately 173 to 445 species and belongs to the family of the Fabaceae (Legume Family). The type species of the genus is Genista tinctoria.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 10 to 20 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 50 to 80 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

The bark is green.

Leaves

Genista sagittalis is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Genista sagittalis produces racemes of yellow pea-shaped flowers from May to June. The plants flower on last years shoots.

The shrubs produce legumes.

Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Genista sagittalis is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of the British Isles and North Europe.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay soil with a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as container plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Genista sagittalis is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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