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Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

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Gorse has green stems and leaves modified to form spines. It has bright yellow flowers and prefers light lime-free soils. Thoroughly crushed, it used to be used as winter cattle feed and as a fuel. It can grow up to eight feet high in thick patches in rough grassy places. It can flower any time of the year but it flowers best April - June. This plant was flowering in late December 2005 near Flitwick, Bedfordshire.

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22nd Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

Subjects:
Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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plant bush flowers wild cattle feed

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