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Common Broom

Cytisus scoparius

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Rich yellow, pea-like flowers scattered up the stem, up to 2cm wide and occasionally tinged red.
Fruit:
Flattened brownish-black pods with hairy edges, up to 4cm long.
Leaves:
Deciduous. All leaves are minute. The leaves at the bottom of the branches are trefoil and along the stems they are lanceolate.
Maximum Size:
3 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Very poisonous. All parts of the plant contain small amounts of a poison called quinolizidine alkaloids. Consumption of this plant can depress your heartbeat and nervous system.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are vanilla-scented.
Other Names:
Besom., Broomtops, English Broom, European Broom, Green Broom, Irish Broom, Scotch Broom, Scot's Broom.
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.