As pretty, as this fellow is, as painful is its touch. (Ulex) gorse is part of the fabaceae family and nitrogen fixing. It is covered with countless spikes, as every leaf ends in a painful tip. Defenitely use tough gloves when handling this plant. For me simple welding gloves provide a very good protection. Gorse is an excellent pioneer plant in heavily degraded soils. Its one of the fast and first plants to flourish after wild fires. It even loves so much to grow after fire, that it likes to burn itself and is highly flammable, so unconditionally ceep it out of your fire sector!