Spartium junceum (Spanish Broom) is a perennial flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Spanish Broom is a tall, deciduous shrub that can reach heights of 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) or even more. It has long, slender, greenish-gray branches covered in small, linear leaves. The shrub produces abundant clusters of bright yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and summer, creating a striking display. The flowers are fragrant and attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.
Habitat and Range: Spanish Broom is native to the Mediterranean region, including countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. It thrives in warm and dry climates and is adapted to sandy or rocky soils. Due to its adaptability, it has been introduced and naturalized in other parts of the world with similar environmental conditions.
Drought Tolerance: Spanish Broom is highly drought-tolerant and is well-suited for xeriscaping or arid gardens. It can withstand dry spells and thrives in areas with low water availability. Its deep-rooted nature allows it to access moisture from deeper soil layers.
Landscape Use: Spanish Broom is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. It is valued for its vibrant yellow flowers and its ability to add texture and visual interest to the garden. It can be used as a focal point, in mass plantings, or as a hedge or screening plant. Additionally, the branches of Spanish Broom have been traditionally used for basket weaving.
Caution: It is important to note that all parts of Spartium junceum, including the seeds, contain toxic compounds. Ingesting the plant can cause gastrointestinal disturbances and other adverse effects. Care should be taken to keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
Botanical Name : Spartium junceum
Common Name : Spanish Broom
Height : 1- 10 ft
Spread : 6-10 ft
Germination Info : Seed benefits from scarification prior to sowing
Hardiness zone : 8-11
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1875