Spartium junceum (Spanish Broom)

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Description

Spartium junceum, commonly called Spanish broom, is a multi-stemmed, sparsely-leaved, deciduous shrub that is typically found in dry areas, open woodlands, disturbed sites and along roads in the Mediterranean area (southern Europe to northern Africa). Where winter hardy, it typically grows to 6-10′ tall. It is primarily grown for its bright yellow flowers and cylindrical green stems. Young stems are rush-like, bright green and basically leafless. Older stems will develop a woody bark. Stems branch at the top, with flowers appearing in showy racemes. Flowers (to 1″ long) are bright yellow, pea-shaped and fragrant. Flowers bloom July to frost.

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