A shrubby plant from one to two feet high. Leaves. - Lance-shaped. Flowers. - Papilionaceous, yellow, growing in spiked racemes.
This is another foreigner which has established itself in Eastern New York and Massachusetts, where it covers the barren hill-sides with its yellow flowers in early summer. It is a common English plant, formerly valued for the yellow dye which it yielded. It is an undesirable intruder in pasture-lands, as it gives a bitter taste to the milk of cows which feed upon it.