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    Lydia Woadwaxen

    Genista lydia

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    Lydia Woadwaxen (Genista lydia) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Lydia Woadwaxen in bloom

    Lydia Woadwaxen in bloom

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    Lydia Woadwaxen (Genista lydia) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Lydia Woadwaxen flowers

    Lydia Woadwaxen flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  12 inches

    Spread:  24 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  5a

    Description:

    A gracefully low-spreading groundcover which is drenched in bright yellow flowers along upright stems for a long period in spring, very fine texture; requires full sun and well-drained low fertility soil, the ultimate choice for poor dry soils

    Ornamental Features

    Lydia Woadwaxen features showy yellow pea-like flowers along the branches from mid to late spring. It has light green foliage throughout the season. The small oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The lime green stems can be quite attractive.

    Landscape Attributes

    Lydia Woadwaxen is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Lydia Woadwaxen is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover

    Planting & Growing

    Lydia Woadwaxen will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
    Applications
    Flowers  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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