Dyer's greenweed

Dyer's greenweed ©Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Dyer's greenweed

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Scientific name: Genista tinctoria
Dyer's greenweed is a classic plant of hay meadows, heaths and open woodlands. It has upright stems with loose clusters of bright yellow, pea-like flowers in summer.

Top facts


Height: up to 50cm

Conservation status


When to see

June to August


Dyer's greenweed is a shrubby plant of unimproved hay meadows, heaths and open woodland. It is a member of the pea family and has bright yellow flowers that appear from June to August. It is an important foodplant for a range of scarce moths and other insects.

What to look for

The leaves of Dyer's greenweed are dark green, small and narrow. Its flowers are bright yellow and clustered together on upright, rounded stems; they are similar in appearance to those of other pea-family members.

Where to find

Found throughout England and Wales, but scattered distribution in Southern Scotland.

Did you know?

Dyer's greenweed gets its common name from its traditional use in dying fabric - it would produce a vibrant yellow colour.