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Commonly known as Broom
Closely related to the other brooms, Genista and Cytisus and has become invasive in Mediterranean climates where it has been introduced.
Genus of a single species of deciduous shrub occurring in dry places, open woodland and on roadsides mainly in the Mediterranean region including Portugal.
It has the ability to photosynthesise through its green shoots so does not require abundant foliage. Seeds are scattered when the pods explode.
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for the fragrant pea-loke flowers on rich dark-green stems.
Pests & Diseases - none - except perhaps rabbits with young plants!
Place of origin - Mediterranean
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - likes chalky soils and coastal conditions