13 responses to “Cytisus scoparius”

  1. Danae Yurgel

    I keep thinking there is a small business in there somewhere cutting Scot’s broom when it first starts to flower, chipping it, carefully and watchfully composting it, and then selling nitrogen rich compost. Like Himalayan blackberry, perhaps the only way to contain or restrict it is to turn it into a cash crop free for the harvesting 🙂

    1. Patrick Collins

      Pruning encourages a lot of plants.

  2. Nette

    In Marin we have a dedicated group of broom-pullers. The job is tough; they use giant wrenches to yank the shrubs out, root and all. The task is endless. Here’s a short youtube showing how it’s done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCHgHjAduwA

  3. Patrick Collins

    The plant appears to also be native throughout the British Isles, including Scotland, hence Scots or Scotch Broom. Scots as in Scottish rather than Scot’s as in “belonging to Scot”. It is very common in places and can be quite spectacular in the flowering season.

    I think you might have suffered an autocorrect with Pomerania at the top. Of course the breed of dog is in small dictionaries where the area of Poland might not be.

    You did not include the etymology of the generic name. Liddell and Scott’s “A Greek-English Lexicon” has κύτισος (kytisos) as the old Greek name for the related, yellow-flowered tree-medick (Medicago arborea) and bastard ebony (Laburnum vulgare, now L. anagyroides).

    According to Lewis and Short’s “A Latin Dictionary”, “scopa” is a broom (or also “thin twigs, branches or shoots”). A “scoparius” is someone who uses a broom to sweep. It is a masculine word, they do not give a feminine version so I assume women did not sweep.

  4. Sheila Williams

    The bright yellow flowers of this plant also produce one of the most vibrant natural dyes in wool and other fibres, leaving a delicate but distinct scent when dry.

  5. quin ellis

    I get a faint fragrance while still in bloom. Still, this plant gives folks the Heebie Jeebies where it will grow. Like Oxalis pes-caprae it feels like this has become a yearly project with no end in sight………..

  6. lynn wohlers

    Like Dominic, I was initially attracted to the pretty yellow flowers (I saw one plant blooming last week!) but quickly learned about the damage and came to dislike the plant. There’s a lovely park near here with forest and headlands on the shoreline, and from what I understand, someone eliminated all the Scot’s Broom from one area of the park. I’ve never seen any there, and I can imagine how different it would be, and what a poorer experience it would be if that plant was growing all over the hillside. I salute anyone who gets down and dirty and removes it! Or makes an idea like the one above (Danae’s) work.

  7. Joe McCullogh

    I don’t often come across a discussion of this plant online except on sites related to invasive plants in California, so it was nice to see this post here. By the way, we know this as “Scotch broom” rather than Scot’s broom in California. It’s a common plant, though I’ve only really seen it appear in disturbed areas such as road cuts, landslide areas, or along fields with mechanical disturbance of the soil. Still not a good plant to have around though.

  8. Susanne

    Growing up in more northern Europe we grew it as an ornamental, especially selections (varieties?) with a lot of red in the flower. I wonder why it did not become invasive there? or does someone know that it is?

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