Dyer's Greenweed

Genista tincoria

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Dyer's greenweed is a shrubby plant of unimproved hay meadows, heaths and open woodland. It is a member of the pea family and has yellow flowers which appear in June to August.  The entire plant often lies low to the ground.

How to identify

The stem is a dark green and the flowers a bright yellow similar to vetches or gorse but without the spikes on the stem.

Where to find it

It can be found throughout England and Wales but only a few locations in southern Scotland.


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

Dyer’s greenweed is a component of old unimproved hay meadows, fast declining through agricultural improvement, diffuse pollution and fragmentation. By being a member of your local Wildlife Trust you can help us protect our existing nature reserves, purchase new sites and advise landowners on how to sympathetically manage their hay meadows.

Species information

Common name
Dyer's Greenweed
Latin name
Genista tincoria
It grows up to 50cm tall