Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


431

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it on roadbanks, woodland borders, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014

 

partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Palmately compound: 3(1) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in terminal racemes

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cytisus scoparius   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cytisus scoparius var. scoparius   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-13-001:
Cytisus scoparius   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Scotch Broom


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JK Marlow    jkm0404zc_01

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Flowers bright yellow, in terminal racemes, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Cytisus scoparius

JK Marlow    jkm0404zc_09

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

A stiffly branched shrub, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Cytisus scoparius

JK Marlow    jkm070609_025b

June    Pickens County    SC

Seedpods are fuzzy on the edges, flattish, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Tom Heutte, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1196110

Month Unknown        

Twigs angled or flanged, green. Lower leaves trifoliate, upper oft unifoliate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Cytisus scoparius

Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org    bug_5307029

Month Unknown        

image of Cytisus scoparius

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447440

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447455

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447461

Month Unknown        

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Nisa Karimi, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bugwood.org    bug_5506115

Month Unknown