Genista sagittalis L.
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Genista sagittalis, commonly known as Winged Broom, Arrow Broom, is a shrub.
Genista sagittalis was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
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.
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.
The plants form shallow roots.
Genista sagittalis is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of the British Isles and North Europe.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as container plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
Genista sagittalis is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe 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.