Genista LinifoliaFlax-Leaved Broom
- Class and Order
- Diadelphia Decagynia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 2-labiatus 2/3. Vexillum oblongum, a pistillo staminibusque deorsum reflexum.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- GENISTA linifolia foliis ternatis sessilibus linearibus subtus sericeis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 645. Ait. Kew. v. 3. p. 14
- CYTISUS argenteus linifolius insularum stæchadum. Tourn. Inst. 648.
The Genista linifolia is a native of Spain, and was introduced to the royal garden at Kew, by Sir Francis Drake, in the year 1786. Ait. Kew.
The bright yellow flowers, which are abundantly produced on this plant during May and June, joined to the silky appearance of its foliage, has rendered it worthy the notice of most lovers of plants, in whose collections it is now generally found.
It is most successfully propagated by seeds, which usually ripen in this country; it may also be raised from cuttings, but not readily, agreeing in this respect with leguminous plants in general.
We do not find in Linnæus's works any figure of this plant referred to; but there is a minute description of it in his Sp. Pl.
It is usually kept in the greenhouse; being a native of Spain, it may probably be more hardy than we imagine.