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A nationally rare plant found on heavy soils at a few locations in Dorset.


Dyers Greenweed: the colouring book

Post date: Monday, 5 December, 2016 - 21:24

Dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) is another nationally rare plant that is found in Dorset. It is very much like broom (it is a member of the Pea family too) only much smaller growing to a height of about 18 inches. It grows in grassy areas on heavy soils and it flowers from June in to August. It can be found in just one of the meadows at Durlston and also in a couple of cuttings on the Swanage Railway (thanks to Ted Pratt's book). I have also seen it at Powerstock Common and Alner's Gorse; it may occur elsewhere in Dorset but I have not seen it.

As the plant's name implies, it was used for dying material, even the scientific name suggests that too. Do not confuse this with the much more common dyers rocket, better known  as weld.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Dyers Greenweed
Scientific Name Genista tinctoria
Family Pea family - Leguminosae
Status Local
Interest Level
Species Family Pea Family - Fabaceae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for A low gorse-like flower with no prickles
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GN: Neutral Grassland Associated