LATIN NAME: Ulex
COMMON / FOLK NAMES: Broom
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Northern
Lower Mountain Slopes
densly packed prickly bush which spreads rapidly in waste areas, making a field
totally impenetrable. Grows to a height of up to 5 feet.
FLOWERING PERIOD: April
onwards, yellow vetch-like flowers.
Folklore it was said that the Danes (Vikings) could brew beer from the flower
tops of Gorse.
view of Ringfort now
covered in gorse
LETTER: O onn
Call on Dagda and Bel for protection while
holding gorse branch or flowers. Call on Áine and Grian for prosperity
and success. (Wear Gloves - It is very prickly!)
If growing around your
property will protect you from curses or hexes. Provides a barrier which
protects from influence of the Sidhe.
Made into a 'broom' to sweep away evil influences from your house, sweep from
east to west chanting 'out with evil, from this house, as the sun travels bring