This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mrs. Mary P. G., Lynn, Mass., writes: " The golden-flowered plant which J. H. D., of Peacedale, R. L, saw at Salem, Mass., is the Genista tinctoria, as you suppose. It grows abundantly in the rocky hills of Essex County, and when in bloom lightens and brightens the landscape wonderfully. I have never heard it called " wax-wort," but can understand how it might get that name from "wood waxen," which is given by Wood as one of its common names. I thought you might like to know that you were correct".
[To this obliging note we may add that the editor had the pleasure of a brief ride about Salem recently, and saw the plant in great abundance everywhere, as was also another English plant, Leontodon autumnale, the pretty yellow flowers of which were abundant everywhere. It may be also noted that the Buttercup which prevails in that part of the world is Ranucunlus acris, and not Ranunculus bulbosus, which is the common Buttercup of Pennsylvania. - Ed. G. M].