European Gorse / Furze / Whin
Two-lipped yellow flowers, coconut-scented.
Stems, thorns bluish-green. Very spiny, spines to 25mm, deep-furrowed.
Leaves with three leaflets in young plants. Height: To 2m
Prefers acidic soils, grasslands, heaths, wood edges. Widespread, but not
on high mountains or very wet ground.
Similar: Western/Autumn Gorse, U. gallii
Photograph immediately above: Western Gorse (left) and European Gorse (right).