Genista januensis, Spanish Gorse. Genista januensis subsp. lydia
Genista januensis subsp. lydia

Genista januensis

Spanish Gorse
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Mediterranean region
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

With bright, glossy green foliage that provides an evergreen presence to any space, this is one of the loveliest of Mediterranean shrubs.

Genista januensis, also known as Spanish Gorse, is a large shrub native to the Mediterranean region and typically grows to 5-10 ft tall. Its attractively glossy green foliage makes for a year-round lush presence and its bright yellow, orange and brown flowers offer a stunning pop of color during the spring. The flowers of Spanish Gorse also have a pleasant sweet scent and they're particularly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Spanish Gorse is a low-maintenance plant that's easily grown in USDA Zones 9-11 and can tolerate a range of soils and light levels. While it can grow in the full sun, it's wise to provide it with some shade in the hottest parts of the day, especially if you live in a sunny climate. Its spines make for an impressive natural hedge but it can also be kept as a groundcover or a small shrub. In terms of water, it needs moderate amounts and can survive short periods of drought, although it thrives best when watered regularly.

When it comes to caring for Spanish Gorse, it's best to keep in mind the tough conditions the plant can handle in its native environment. As such, it's a great choice for anyone looking for a resilient, low-maintenance shrub without having to compromise on style. It's Also important to remember that in cooler and cold regions, Spanish Gorse must be grown in a pot or kept in a sheltered sheltered location in winter.

Overall, Spanish Gorse is a great choice for adding structure to a garden as well as long-term interest and easy maintenance. Whether you want to use it as a striking feature shrub or a low-growing groundcover, it's certain to provide a beautiful contrast of shape and color in any garden beds.

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Genista januensis, Spanish Gorse. Genista januensis subsp. lydia
Genista januensis subsp. lydia

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