Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Flower Time: Spring
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Beetles
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Honey Bees in the Garden:  MarchHoney Bees in the Garden: March
March 3, 2011

March is here with its abundance of sprouting bulbs, swelling buds, and early blossoms. The temperatures are warmer and gardeners are busy getting early crops and flowers planted. Honey bees are zipping to and fro from the hives, searching out the earliest blossoms for the collection of nectar and pollen.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 26, 2018 12:13 PM

Class B noxious weed in Washington state (do not allow to spread). Often confused with Scotch broom (another non-native invasive), gorse has spiny thorns on its stems, and blooms earlier than Scotch broom, usually Feb-Apr. Out-competes natives, shades tree seedlings, and is a fire hazard due to its volatile oils. Pull or dig out plants.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 12, 2012 12:29 PM

Honey bees get nectar and yellow pollen from this plant.

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