Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Genista stenopetala Webb & Berth.

Fully-hardy evergreen shrub with flattened branchlets, abundant trifoliate leaves, and racemes of yellow flowers.  Reportedly to 6m but usually of dwarf habit in gardens and often grown as a pot plant.  [Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1835.  [JD].  The origin of this plant is uncertain.  It is probably a dwarf form of Genista stenopetala of garden origin

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.366/1850].


See also Genista maderensis Lowe which may possibly be the same plant, particularly the form magnifoliosus which has larger leaves and racemes [Hortus].

Published Dec 16, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:05 PM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Canary Isles, but may be of garden origin

  • Cytisus racemosus Hort ex Marnock
  • Teline stenopetala (Webb & Berthel.) Webb & Berthel.
Common Name

Easter Broom, Sweet Broom, Leafy Broom

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cytisus racemosus 

Confidence level medium