Erinacea anthyllis Link

Hedgehog-broom, Blue Broom, Branch Thorn, Rushy Kidney Vetch


Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Erinacea

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to

Size: To 12" tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Dwarf spiny shrub with sparse, small, dark green leaves. Mauve-blue flowers, small, in clusters in spring. Forms a small mound. Well-drained soil.

From Bot. Repos. (Anthyllis erinacea) ...Valencia: from which we might infer, that, like other plants of that country, it would live through our winters ; which is not the case. It must be kept as a greenhouse plant, and watered but sparingly. The soil it prefers, is a light loam; is propagated by cuttings, and flowers in April, or May.

History: 

Published in Handbuch (Link) 2: 156 in 1831.

Native to Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, France and Spain.

Synonyms Anthyllis erinacea L. (Linn. Typ.), Erinacea pungens Boiss.

From Bot. Repos. (Anthyllis erinacea) This species of Anthyllis has been mentioned under various synonyms by most botanical authors from Clusius downwards. Mr. T. Johnson, in his edition of Gerard of 1633, has given a description of this plant from Clusius, and a cut; both of which are excellent (considering the then infant state of the art of engraving), under the title of Genista spinosa humilis; Dwarf Furze. It is termed Erinacea by Clusius (says he), from the Spanish name of the hedge-hog, Erizo, of which country it is a native, in the kingdom of Valencia...


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