ETYM Old Eng. and AS. gorst; perh. akin to Eng. grow, grass.
Very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe; SYN. furze, whin, Irish gorse, Ulex europaeus.
Or furze or whin; Eurasian genus of plants Ulex, family Leguminosae, consisting of thorny shrubs with spine-shaped leaves densely clustered along the stems, and bright yellow, coconut-scented flowers.
Common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere; SYN. ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna vulgaris.
Low-growing evergreen shrub of the heath family, common on sandy or acid soil. The common heather Calluna vulgaris is a carpet-forming shrub, growing up to 60 cm/24 in high and bearing pale pink-purple flowers. It is found over much of Europe and has been introduced to North America.