Etymology: Genista: Latin name Plantagenet kings and queens of England took their name, planta genesta, from story of William the Conqueror sailing for England, plucked a plant holding tenaciously to a rock, stuck it in his helmet as symbol to hold fast in risky endeavor.
Plants: perennial shrub
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"