Botanical Name: Genista lydia
Common Name: Hardy Dwarf Broom  
Plant photo of: Genista lydia
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub, Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



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Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Normans/Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

A profusion yellow, pea-like flowers completely smother hardy dwarf broom in the spring. The plant has distinctive cascading evergreen stems that mold beautifully around boulders and drape gracefully over ledges. It is a slow but steady grower, putting on 3 to 5 inches of growth at the tips of the branches each spring, eventually forming an impressive groundcover-like shrub. Nice for use on hot, sunny slopes when planted close together on 18-inch centers. Eventually grows 12 inches tall and up to 4 feet across.
Not picky about its soil as long as it's well-drained. Full to part sun. Little water required once established. Doesn't like shearing, as it makes it very stubby and stiff; prune selectively when necessary (see Guides).