Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Common Broom, or Scotch Broom, is found on dry sandy sites across the UK. It prefers full sun and neutral to acidic soils. There are many horticultural cultivars, but native Broom produces attractive pea-like yellow flowers from spring through the summer, providing a boon for a range of pollinating insects. All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans, however! Broom grows quickly to around 1.5m and is a helpful plant to stabilise and cover poor soils. It's an invasive plant in North America and New Zealand.
Broom was actually used as a broom, and other past uses include as an ointment for gout. It also features variously in both English and Welsh folklore. In more recent times Cytisus scoparius, originally known as Planta genista, gave the Plantagenets their name and emblem.
Provenance certificates are available on request for Broom plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
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See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Broom plants.
We are selling broom grown in cells from seed. The plants are around 60cm tall.