This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
This prickly Leguminous evergreen is well known on commons, wayside banks, etc, throughout the British Islands. The double-flowered variety (flore pleno) when covered with yellow bloom is a fine picture, and is now largely raised from cuttings in cold frames, and grown on in pots for sale. The Common Furze is easily raised from seeds. The variety strictus, known as the Irish Furze, is stiflfer in growth; and nanus and Galli are dwarf varieties that flower in the autumn.