Country of Origin: Denmark to Italy, the Canaries and Azores, and in every part of Britain
Description: The plant is a dense, muchbranched, stunted shrub, rarely attaining a height of more than 6 feet. It is evergreen, but the leaves are very minute and fall off early, not being present in the older stages, when they take the form of long, thread-like spines, which are straight and furrowed, or branching. The stem is hairy and spreading.
Uses: The leaf-buds have been used as a substitute for tea and the flowers yield a beautiful yellow dye.