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Woadwaxen

Genista tinctoria


Family: Fabaceae

Preferred Habitat: open areas with dry, infertile soil, such as roadsides

Range: Imported from Europe, extends from southern Maine, Massachusetts, and Michigan to the District of Columbia

Height: up to 1 meter (3 feet)

Leaves: simple, alternate and whorled up the stem, 2-5 cm long and ovate, stalkless leaves are finely grooved lengthwise,

Flowers: 0.2-5 cm yellow flowers on erect stems occurring from June to July

Fruit: flat, several-seeded pods, occurring from the summer through fall

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: the properties of this species can be used to treat Vertigo or Dizziness, and skin outbreaks on the extremities