15 responses to “Retama raetam”

  1. Deb

    Beauty everywhere, if we only stop to look . . .

  2. Deb

    . . . to SEE, rather.

  3. TC

    How unfortunate for Aussies that it’s became an invasive. If it’s edible, with honey flavor, it might ease the weeding process. 🙂

  4. Tina Trivett

    I was going to ask…is it edible?

  5. Beverley

    Retama raetam – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

  6. Margaret-Rae Davis

    The flowers today are beautiful. I was really interested in how it drops is leaves and how it photosynthesis with the green stems. The link was very interesting from the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
    Thank you,

  7. Barbara Lamb

    It was a revelation to see the flowers and then the plant – a great reminder to get “up-close and personal” with plants to truly appreciate them.

  8. van

    Lovely. Looks like a tough plant too – no wonder there’s an invasiveness alert.

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    For,lo!the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone;
    the flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of the singing of birds is come
    and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land

  10. bev

    I too was struck by the beauty of the flowers and then the general non-descript nature of the plant from a distance. And wow, the background looks pretty sterile. I am thankful for the verdant green here in the eastern U.S., but also grateful to see plants from other areas.

  11. Eric in SF

    Here is Retama monosperma in the entrance garden at Strybing in San Francisco.
    The plant is like a living waterfall of graceful, slender arching to pendant stems covered in pea-like flowers.
    This shot really gives you an great look at whole-plant photosynthesis in a large shrub/small tree.

  12. anne

    cool plant.

  13. Wendy Cutler

    I just want to say that if what’s been happening in January so far – a mix of old and new and some by Daniel and some by others and some days none at all – is the “new” POTD, it’s been just fine. If missing out a few days makes it seem more manageable, I’m all for it.

  14. Gloria Fitzgerald

    I live in Tucson, AZ – also a desert habitat. Do you know if this broom tree is any relation to the broom bush which grows as a weed here and goes to seed much like cottonwood with white fluffy stuff blowing everywhere, especially the week before Thanksgiving, when we’re trying to keep our decks clean for entertaining?!?

  15. Jonathan Cano

    This plant is also mentioned in the Bible. I came about this page while lookig for “Retama” in spanish. Look for Jeremiah 48:6. Names change in different versions and year. But the spanish does indeed brought me a what this verse describes as a plant from the desert.

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