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Genista pilosa procumbens - L.

Common Name Creeping broom, Creeping hairy broom
Family Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 6-8
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Poor, dry, sandy, and stony soils
Range Europe. Native range from southern Sweden to the Mediterranean; in dry summer areas.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Genista pilosa procumbens Creeping broom, Creeping hairy broom


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Genista pilosa procumbens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6.
It can fix Nitrogen.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

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Habitats

Edible Uses

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

A good high density groundcover. Nitrogen Fixer. Location: Border, Ground Cover, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden, Woodland Garden. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods. Nectary: provides nectar or pollen for beneficial insects [1-2].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Evergreen prostrate shrub. Flowers, golden-yellow, cover the plants in late spring to early summer. Poor, dry, sandy, and stony soils. Full sun or part shade and well drained soil. Soil pH: Acid/Neutral/Alkaline. Foot Traffic: Light. Drought tolerant. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. A clumping mat former. Forming a dense prostrate carpet with a limited spread [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed: Easy. Cover seed and germinate at 55-65F/13-18C. Chipping and soaking may aid germination. Do not transplant. Cuttings taken in summer, or by simple layering. Tip cuttings about 3-6 cm may be taken in mid-summer and rooted in a mist chamber or shaded frame.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Creeping broom, Creeping hairy broom , Hairy broom 'Procumbens'

Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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