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.
J. D. H, Peacedale, R. I., writes: "On the rocky hills of Salem, Mass., I observed effects of golden flowers that almost rivaled the famous Gorse of Great Britain. Upon inquiry, I found it was called Wax-wort, that is said to have been imported from England long ago, and having spread from gardens into fields as a great foe of farmers, and an almost inexhaustible one.
I did not see it, however, where I thought it could do much harm, its choice seeming to be where half the surface is rock (out-crop of granite, I think), and the rest not worth much. I saw none in tilled ground, or ground that appeared to have been ever tilled. Upon going to see what it was I found the plant to be what I should call ' broom,' though different from any other I ever saw. Herbaceous, I think, but with perennial root, and spreading therefrom - as it appeared to be in patches only - little if any isolated plant. It runs about 2 feet high".
[The plant referred to is probably Genista tinctoria. - Ed. G. M].