Scotch Broom, Broomtops, Common Broom, European Broom, Irish Broom
Cytisus scoparius

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cytisus (SIT-is-us) (Info)
Species: scoparius (sko-PAIR-ee-us) (Info)
Synonym:Sarothamnus scoparius

Category:

Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama

Prescott, Arizona

Bishop, California

Brisbane, California

Castro Valley, California

Concord, California

East Porterville, California

Lompoc, California

Long Beach, California

Los Gatos, California

Merced, California

Redwood City, California

San Diego, California

Seaside, California

Somerset, California

Wildomar, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado (2 reports)

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Southbury, Connecticut

Alpharetta, Georgia

Rincon, Georgia

Waleska, Georgia

Des Moines, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Davidsonville, Maryland

Hagerstown, Maryland

North East, Maryland

Rising Sun, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Reno, Nevada

Milton, New Hampshire

Bayville, New Jersey

Plainfield, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Geneva, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Bandon, Oregon

Beaverton, Oregon

Oakland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Wilsonville, Oregon

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Hawley, Pennsylvania

Mars, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Mineral, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

Davenport, Washington

North Sultan, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Rainier, Washington

Seattle, Washington (3 reports)

Shelton, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

25
positives
11
neutrals
23
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 5, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This shrubby species has been declared a noxious weed by the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii, where it invades and damages native habitat. It is also an ecological problem in western Canada, in Australia, and in New Zealand.

It has also naturalized in eastern N. America, but it is not invasive there and does not cause problems in natural areas east of the Rockies.

There are many selections, with a variety of flower colors. Most often yellow, but some are creamy white and others are shades of red/garnet/mahogany/pink or bicolored.

The leaves are small and deciduous, and often drop quickly. The slender living stems are green year-round and do most of the photosynthesis. The texture is like an evergreen conifer when the ... read more

Positive

On Apr 5, 2015, CLessley from East Porterville, CA wrote:

So far my experience with 'Sweet' Broom is different than what most are describing about something called Scotch Broom or Spanish Broom. Mine is Sweet Broom. I LOVE IT! I live in central California near Terra Bella and this takes up a nice big space in my front yard. I planted two more, which both died (!?) Not sure why (?).

So my problem is how do I get it to not die? I give them medium amount of water. Would love to grow more! Help!

Positive

On May 14, 2014, negutron from Barker Heights, NC wrote:

Grows easily in high mountain in Hendersonville, NC. It's nice because I have heavy clay, rocky soil on a hill and I'm hoping that it's invasive as people say; because I would find it a VERY good alterative to the native stickebush, wild roses, grapevine, and false blackberry brambles that would otherwise occupy this area.

The speed at which the succession plants grow (other than the vines I mentioned), such as staghorn sumac, some kind of mimosa (assuming a silk tree albizia), honey/black locust tree and what I think is a paulinia tormentosa, I don't think controlling it will be a problem. We'll see.

I know this grows here sporadically--and singly--in the mountains because this is where I obtained mine via roadside guerilla gardening--I plucked large stalk a... read more

Neutral

On Sep 23, 2013, BrisbaneAnne from Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

According to Sunset Western Garden Book, lower growing hybrids like "Lena" or "Moonlight" are much less aggressive. In fact, this link says "Lena's Broom is a recipient of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society"

http://www.paghat.com/broom.html

Anyone has experience with these hybrid being invasive?

Neutral

On Jun 2, 2013, alrausch from Pleasant View, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I don't see many comments from the southeast. Is this plant invasive in Tennessee? I bought one at Wally World a while back and wonder about whether I should plant it or let it die now. Some feedback would be GREATLY appreciated.

Positive

On May 13, 2013, upnorth2 from Davenport, WA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We live in Davenport, WA (just NW of Spokake in eastern Washington). It hits 85 degrees (dry) here in the summer and only goes to about 22 degrees (snowy) in the winter. The scotch broom at the front corner of my home was there when we moved in and I've seen no reason to remove it in the 9 years we've lived here.
It is the most beautiful yellow bouquet (4ft x 4ft) every April/May. Extremely fragrant with an aroma that reminds me of my grandmother's honeysuckle vine when I was a child. It does make my nose run and I sneeze a lot, but I count that as a fair trade, as it's soooo beautiful and soooo fragrant (the breeze here wafts the scent across an entire acre to any location I'm sitting and it meanders through the house as well....I love it). Can't enjoy the roses without the th... read more

Negative

On Mar 1, 2013, ajrotec from Wildomar, CA wrote:

Plant gets infested with genista worms. I no longer grow this plant because they ate it up.

Positive

On May 3, 2012, Secondglance from Burlington, NC wrote:

I have the "moonlight" variety planted in a large pot beside my back door. I seems to be one of the few plants that can take the hot, dry summers that we have been having in NC over the past few years. It has already had its bloom cycle for this year. If it winters well, I look forward to seeing it return next spring.

Neutral

On Sep 30, 2011, bigwhale from Warren, MI wrote:

I just bought this at Lowe's in Michigan. I think it is spectacular in appearance. I guess I should have researched first. Now, I don't know whether to plant it or give it to someone I don't like.

Positive

On May 16, 2011, Capester from Sandwich, MA wrote:

We planted a Scotch Broom in our yard on Cape Cod. We recently transplanted it because it was not doing as well as we hoped. It does flower every year, and has shown no tendency of becoming invasive. We do have invasive bushes and vines on the Cape, but this is not listed as one of them in anything I have read. I actually think it is quite pretty, both the flower and the foliage. My friend planted one in a colder area of MA, but she lost it one winter.

Negative

On May 9, 2011, dpi from Davenport, IA wrote:

i would recommend in any zone, do not plant. I just saw this here in this area for sale. Cute but having passed on cute plants to others without knowing the consequences before and feeling like a bum about it , do not buy or plant this. I am going back to the place of sale and tell them to check this out.

Neutral

On Apr 23, 2011, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

I see the occasional plant of this near where I live (Maidstone, SE England) but it is nowhere near as common or prolific as Gorse, which seems to be its main competitor in its natural range. The two can be found side by side but Gorse grows far larger and seems to crowd out Broom. Broom has the brighter flowers though.

Positive

On Mar 28, 2011, I_chihuahua from Wellington, NV wrote:

I live in a very arid desert area in middle west Nevada. These plants do very well in the sub-zero temperatures and we have not had one problem with invasiveness. They resemble a lacy large tumbleweed and unlike the gold junipers don't turn an ugly rust color in winter.

Most of us out here have acres and acres so it's a great plant to cover all the territory we have to. My husband and I are upgrading to a new house on 5 acres with additional 5 available. So I'm thinking of cannibalizing present home and digging up the brooms that have been planted for one or 2 seasons if they don't die. When Home Depot gets a delivery of these plants, you'd better be there or they are gone that afternoon!

Glad to find this website, didn't know there was invasion problems with... read more

Negative

On Apr 30, 2010, CassieMaas from Los Gatos, CA wrote:

Scotch Broom: Even if this plant is not invasive in your area, planting it allows it to travel via automobiles, birds, etc. It is a horribly invasive plant and should be fought on every corner. Just read the negative comments. Unless you have experienced this plant, you cannot imagine what its like.

My shoulders ache as I type this, the piles of pulled scotch broom are so high that it is difficult to imagine. One pile is as high as a bus and the other pile is the size of a sedan. I burned two earlier piles. I still have a long way to go, but I'm exhausted from fighting it.

I have been using a weed wrench. It is only sold via the internet. Google it. Use it during the rainy season and just when the sun starts to come out. The ground is still soft and I've been ... read more

Neutral

On Apr 29, 2010, tiggy065 from Portland, MI wrote:

I live in lower Michigan, zone 5. I bought two scotch brooms yesterday at Lowe"s. The tag said zone 5, but have not read any remarks from this zone. Could I plant this in large container's, and winter over in the garage?. Thanks, Judy

Neutral

On Mar 29, 2010, sundance331 from North East, MD wrote:

I have or had three scotch broom plants in front of my house. The house was built in 2006 and we bought it in 2008. I'm guessing the plants were planted in the lanscape at the time the house was built. They are very large and falling over. I came online to learn how to care for them. One plant died last fall and I fear the other two may as well. These plants are gorgous with pink booms. They haven't began blooming yet, can I prune them now or wait until they bloom? I have to admit I did not know much about these plants and am suprised of the negative comments. I have not seen seedlings around my plants but they do produce those pods after they bloom. The blooms only last a couple of weeks in northeastern Maryland. Any ideas on how to keep my plants from dying? Several areas on the plants h... read more

Positive

On Mar 25, 2010, SleepyFox from Prescott, AZ (Zone 7a) wrote:

After reading the other reviews and seeing myself firsthand how bad of an invasive species this can be (I have heard of and witnessed quite a few instances of this plant choking out other flora), I have found out this kind of broom only seems to become extremely invasive in climates that are either very wet (Such as the pacific northwest) and mild (the pacific northwest and California). However, In hotter, much drier climates such as here in Arizona, the climate seems to be very poor when it comes to the propagation of the plant.

In the ten years our neighbor has had one of these, it has never successfully spread. I have had two of these planted beside each other near the end of my property, and they actually have become invaded by myrtle! Though I cannot say for certain, t... read more

Negative

On Feb 2, 2010, Fed_Botanist from Stayton, OR wrote:

There are several brooms that are noxious/invasive weeds, dominently are FRENCH BROOM, SCOTCH BROOM and SPANISH BROOM.

The one that is dominent in Southern California is SPANISH broom. The federal government spends 10's of thousands of dollars every year fighting this broom down there.

The one that is dominent in the pacific NW is SCOTCH broom. We spend even more trying to rid of this up here.

All 3 are extremely invasive and difficult to get rid of. Seeds are viable in the soil for up to 80 years! i cant tell you how hard it is fight this stuff! Please please please do not propagate, buy or sell any of these 3 brooms!

Not only are they invasive, but they are highly flammable. If you live in southern California and h... read more

Negative

On May 16, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Invasive exotic which should not be planted. It invades meadows and displaces natives. It is a lot of work to remove due to its deep roots, but can be pulled up (may need special tools if well established). Grows super fast.
It does look pretty in the spring.

Positive

On Mar 22, 2009, VickiSandoval from Rockville, MD wrote:

The plant that I am in love with is the "Sweet Broom" bush, which purfumes the air with a most intoxicating citrus smell from heaven.

I live in Maryland, and I planted my 3 bushes the in my front flower bed. I have seen the same bushes in neighbors yards and flower beds since I panted my bushes, and they look like they are growing well and thriving. My favorite thing about Sweet Broom is that it flowers all spring and summer long, throwing out that amazing smell, bringing me the utmost joy!

Insofar as my experience, I have never had a problem with my bushes procreating, so I don't think I will develop the problems others seem to have; even though I think most problems are with the Scotish Broom or other varieties of the like.

Now, I am somewha... read more

Positive

On Sep 8, 2008, evelyn_inthegarden from Sierra Foothills, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

According to the experts in the field, the broom along the highways is NOT Scotch Brooom, but Spanish Broom, Sparteum junceum.

I have had great success with Scotch Broom 'Moonlight', a pale yellow, not the harsh yellow of the Spanish broom, as well as a maroon colored one, of which I do not recall the variety name, The 'Moonlight' will produce a few seedlings, of which are easy to grow on in pots and put them where you want them to grow.

Now one person mentions not having a deer problem with this one, but the deer in this area don't eat it, but rub their antlers on it until it is almost destroyed, but not entirely. What I do is wait until it looks like they are finshed with it, as well as leaving all the plant leavings on the ground, and then when it starts t... read more

Positive

On Jun 6, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

3 years ago I planted 2 of these in my evergreen shrub bed in front of the house. They grew to 5' by 5' and completely fell forward covering lower growing shrubs. Their vivd yellow blooms are spectacular and beautifully set off my red azaleas and rhododendrons. I just cut them back to 2' by 2' .

They look pretty wretched right now. I'll see how they grow . If they continue to be so prolific, I may move them to a drier spot, or perhaps a shadier spot. Does anyone have a suggestion?

At another home I grew the burgundy variety which never reached this size and always maintained upright form. They have not produced any offspring, but they certainly have lots of seed pods.


Negative

On Oct 22, 2007, scorchdog from Georgetown, CA wrote:

Although this plant looks nice, we just spent a bundle having around 3 acres of it cleared by tractor. We are in the hills about an hr outside of sacramento and it seems to be growing ramped in these parts. Some of the plants that were cleared out had reached well over 8 ft. I can't wait to be rid of the stuff!

Positive

On Jul 21, 2007, patsytwo from Centerville, IA wrote:

When I lived in southern Calif., we had a Scotch broom in the corner of our yard and it never spread! I was surprised to read it is considered a weed. It was so pretty when it came into bloom in the spring - very bright yellow and contrasted nicely with our two different-hued bougainvillea next to it. Maybe it was because it was in the corner - but we never had any trouble with it leavings its "boundaries."

Negative

On Jun 14, 2007, drekadair from Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

The invasiveness of this plant cannot be overstated. It has spread all over Oregon, and if it's not on the Invasive Species List, it should be. It is also highly flammable. Do not plant this!

Negative

On Jun 5, 2007, glacial from Rainier, WA wrote:

This plant has totally overgrown my lower 5 acres chocking out all native vegetation and the 100 douglas fir trees I planted. The property looks yellow on a satellite photograph. I have started to attack the plant with a chain saw. My neighbor mowed it down with a brush hog but the plants started sprouting back in one year. The odor and pollen covering everything is very annoying. Who likes a runny nose? Please do not plant any more of it in the Pacific Northwest.

Negative

On Jun 5, 2007, jennob from Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

On a recent visit to the Gulf Islands off British Columbia's coast, I was horrified to learn that, in addition to its relentless invasiveness, Scotch Broom emits a highly flammable gas. Botanists estimate that, if it ignited on Mayne Island, the fire would cross the entire island in 35 minutes !!
Does anyone know why it's so obnoxious on the West Coast, but so much better behaved on the East?

Positive

On Apr 24, 2007, haighr from Laurel, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have had two in West MD for about 6+ years and never had either spread.
Unfortunately this year the lovely kind of reddish/pink/burgundy one has died off and would love to get another.
Only problem I have had is they must have shallow roots as they need to be staked to keep from just dropping over at 6+ feet in height.

Neutral

On Mar 21, 2007, jillofall from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

The comments almost exclusively show that this is a horror on the West Coast, and a pleasure on the East Coast. I'm in Colorado and planted two of these last year. I found them at Home Depot after I saw them in a neighbor's yard. They recently had a xeriscape designer redo their yard, so I assumed they were a good xeriscape plant for us. I guess time will tell.

Positive

On Jan 26, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have one that blooms pink, for two years, it's confined in a big pot outside. No seeds was observed. Easy care, like more of them around the garden.

Negative

On Jun 23, 2006, bugsybc from Nanaimo
Canada wrote:

On Vancouver Island from a few plants planted by a scotchman we are now over run by this plant it will cost thousands if not millions to eradicate.The lucky person who discovers how to steralize this plant
will be rich!!!!!!Allergies are wicked in spring because of this plant it lasts till they finish blooming.Horribly invasive pretty to look at.

Negative

On Jun 16, 2006, JuneauBrat from Shelton, WA wrote:

This stuff is bad...bad...bad!!! Here in Shelton, WA, it is everywhere. In the spring, everything turns yellow from the pollen. My car is yellow, my hot tub is yellow...everything turns yellow. And....everyone is this house sneezes for days...weeks...months. Home Depot is suppose to have some type of mechanical "puller" you can rent from them for the weekend that will pull it out for you to dispose of. Thought I would check this out this weekend. I have been told by the old timers around here that there just "ain't" no way to get rid of the evil stuff.

Positive

On Jun 7, 2006, deerskins from Hawley, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Scotch broom adds a yellow flash of color in our area which has an over abundent amount of white tailed deer who eat almost everything. The plant seems to survive milder winters better than cold ones, unless covered by much snow. Our growing zone here in NE PA is 5a and the broom plants tend to brown out on the tips. We cut them back hard after their bloom and have no problem with invasive spread.

Positive

On Jun 4, 2006, gardengoober from Amelia, OH wrote:

We are east of the Cincinnati Ohio area and planted ours about 3 years ago. We liked it so much that we began to look for another. We have a couple of neighbors who would like one as well and they have been looking. Recently my husband talked with a local nursery owner who promised to do some research for us. We were told that it is listed as a noxious weed and therefor he is unable to obtain one for us. I was in the Cleveland area recently and my Aunt's neighbor has a beautiful yellow one in his garden. I will try to aquire a cutting from him on my next visit. I would like to start another plant from the one we currently have. Ours is a deep red in color and we do enjoy it. Do be careful when you cut yours back as it really does cause some nasty skin irritation I know this from... read more

Negative

On May 13, 2006, CarlieB from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

This plant is growing on our empty lot in Lakebay, Washington. We are required by the homeowners association to eradicate it from along the side of the road. I understand from a Lakebay neighbor that it comes back every year. He suggested cutting it down while it is in bloom--said that would kill it and keep it from coming back. I'm doubtful--anybody out there have success at this? It's spread on several acres, and I don't want to go to all that work if it's just going to come back.

Neutral

On May 6, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Scotct Broom is an Invasive Plant, and one that, alas, grows all too freely in Washington state.

This is one flower that needs to be wiped out.

Neutral

On Apr 27, 2006, Connie_G from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought one "Lena's Broom" (Cytisus x 'Lena') WEED (so you say! ha) yesterday for $24.99 here in Austin, Texas!!! Boy, was I suckered, huh? I'm looking for things that deer don't eat and was told they don't like this as it's poisonous. It's quite large and I also liked the spikey look...I have a mid-century house and am trying to do a "modern" garden. I bought one of each of about 10 different plants to set them in the garden and see how they look before buying more. Anyone want to send me some old rooted out broom plants and save me lots of $$$? ha (My plant...still in the pot...is blooming with a beautiful orange-red...and fits with my color scheme: orange, purple, green and chartreuse. Will our 105 degree heat in August kill it??

Positive

On Apr 4, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have three in Atlanta - not at all invasive - I've had the three or four years and never pulled a seedling. That said - they tend to lean a bit too much from the wind so I put in a central stake and try to keep them more upright. Very pretty plants.

Positive

On Apr 3, 2006, ElizabethK from Mars, PA wrote:

I have three of the rose colored scotch broom plants growing on the south side of my house. In the Pittsburgh area it is an uncommon plant and not at all invasive. I really like mine. Two years ago, I planted my first three. They all died. I planted three more last year and two survived a rather mild winter. One did not make it . I will replace it. So far, so good in the Northeast!

Positive

On Mar 24, 2006, landerlily from Columbia, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the Upstate of South Carolina, Scotchbroom is a great plant. While it will reseed itself, it also only lives a few years, so it never becomes invasive. It may wander a bit, though. In the spring when the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, it gives a spot of yellow in all the pinks. The foliage is a beautiful shade of green year-round. I also like the shape of the plant--very airy-looking with the long arching branches. It doesn't seem to tolerate the heat in the lower part of the state where I am now so I miss it. It has long been a favorite of mine.

Negative

On Dec 27, 2005, Cindermom from Bandon, OR (Zone 9a) wrote:

Like others in the west I fight this pest constantly. Only thing I can think of that's worse is Gorse! The seeds seem to be dormant forever and then there it is again. Have not found anything to kill it except keep pulling.

Negative

On Dec 17, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

You can't understand quite what a menace this plant is until you've spent days 'pulling' it out by it's tenacious roots on a volunteer basis. My blistered hands and sore back will tell you that planting Scotch Broom in California is a crime against nature.

Negative

On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is a weed and always has some green catipilars eating at it. One time i found the whole bush had those green eating bugs! And teh catipilars spread to the rest of my garden, NO GOOD! Please dont plant this, you will be very very sorry.

Positive

On Nov 27, 2005, inparadise from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

I'm on the central coast of California and have planted one several years ago. It adds a bright note to the entrance of my estate and has been no problem at all. It is surrounded by ice plant and both seem to happily co-exist. A neighboring steer seems to enjoy eating it. I recently trimmed it and suffered no problems. As far as invasiveness, a seed will occasionally be dropped by a bird and grow, but that is a minor concern. I guess it is a plant that, if put in the wrong environment, will be a bother, but otherwise is great!

Positive

On May 17, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've grown it both here and in Southern California and never had a problem with it except that snails adore this plant! My plants have always stayed in place and not renewed elsewhere.

Positive

On May 16, 2005, Gully from Ellicott City, MD wrote:

This seems to do well on the East Coast without becoming invasive. I believe there are different varieties with the nursery ones here being much different than those found in the West. I have one with white flowers and one with reddish violet flowers. No problems to report and no seedlings either.

Negative

On Apr 30, 2005, CApoppy from Santa Cruz Mountains, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I echo the comments of others. Do not be beguiled by this plants beauty or ease of growth! It will consume everything it encounters and wreak havoc like a wildfire on everything in its path. Its prolific capacity to produce long-lived seeds and its lack of any biological predators in this nonnative North American environment allows it to stomp out all native and wildlife-friendly vegetation and to become a decidely unfriendly invader. Best viewed in its homeland, not on this side of the ocean! I spend the better part of many weekends trying to stem its assault on my mountain.

Negative

On Jan 8, 2005, dottik from Oakland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is also a "weed" here in Oregon, both on the coast and along the I-5 corridor. Am not sure about East of the Cascade Mountains. It is especially worrisome because it is highly flammable. Would not recommend it for anyone on the West Coast.

Positive

On Jan 7, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of the plants I most miss being able to grow in Maine. I remember them from the Northumberland countryside..

Negative

On Nov 3, 2004, bono from Pender Island
Canada wrote:

This is a huge weed in the Gulf Islands (Z8) of Victoria B.C. The only way to get rid of it is to pull all seedlings every year for several years (until there are no more seedlings). Getting rid of older plants can be accomplished, but takes a lot more work. On our Island, they have "broom bash" outings to pull the seedlings and take out the older plants.

Positive

On Oct 12, 2004, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew this from seed this year..I can't see it's invasiveness yet. It's a slow grower. I have also never seen one in PA...at least not in my area. Invasive is good for me! LOL

Negative

On May 14, 2004, phedge from Victoria
wrote:

Back in the 1800’s a homesick Scotsman imported a few broom seeds from his birthplace to Sooke in British Columbia. They didn’t make it, so he obtained 5 more from Hawaii (The Sandwich islands back then), where broom had been introduced years before. Alas, they did take and Vancouver Island is now rapidly being taken over by the plant. As I drive around I see fields of yellow anywhere there is a gap in the forest or on the sides of the roads.

There is little positive to say about Scotch broom. It is extremely invasive. It changes the chemical content of the soil so that indigenous plants are “starved” out. It does not support local insects such as butterflies or moths. When I moved here 18 years ago both the Red Admiral and Painted Lady were commonplace. Now I have seen... read more

Positive

On May 11, 2004, bfredmund from Waldorf, MD wrote:

Just bought my Scotch Broom plant and after reading all the comments about this plant I am worried? I have terrible allergies but drove around with two of these plants in my car in the hot 90 degree sun and had not problems at all. I hope mine do spead as I am not putting them in my flower garden but by my fish pond. Would like to see a big nice heap of yellow flowers and sure hope my cats don't eat them!

Negative

On Nov 9, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

When I lived in a redwood canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California many years ago this was just about the only plant that would grow under the redwood trees, besides the native ferns, so we valued the small green clumps that clung to the steep hillsides, and gave us a touch of bright yellow color in all that dark and rainy gloom. However, many people who lived out in the sun just hated this plant, as it was so invasive, and while out driving in my car I could see whole hillsides just covered with it, so I wouldn't advise planting any variety of it in a garden.

Negative

On Nov 9, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
This has to be in the top ten of most obnoxious weeds ever introduced to the world of home gardening. It has taken over 100's & 1,000's of acres in Washington state. The state had planted it in the median of Interstate 5 many years ago to be the "golden highway". It is now a pain to remove, as it has taken over the countryside. Willing to bet the majority of people hate it with a passion. It will leave you with itchy eyes and running noses in the Spring when it is in bloom. DO NOT PLANT this evil weed anywhere!

Neutral

On Jul 7, 2003, sueallison from Rising Sun, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Here on the east coast, I love this plant, although my husband thinks it looks like a big weed (turns out that it is - in the west). After a couple of years, the bottom branches die and are difficult to remove. I've since read that, to prevent this, you should trim and shape it after it flowers. Mine started looking so bad that I had to dig it up.

Positive

On May 17, 2003, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Where I live on the East Coast, we don't have any problems with it naturalizing, so we can grow it without worry. In fact, I have been trying unsuccessfully to grow it from seed. (Go figure!) But a nursery bought plant, once planted, will grow unattended in poor soil and produce beautiful flowers, generally found in varying shades of yellow or rusty red. I love my scotch broom. It's one of my favorite plants since it grows well in my clay soil and is evergreen.

Negative

On May 14, 2002, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

In Washington State, the yellow one is a notoriously bad character, as well. There ARE ornamental varieties in the greenhouses, such as the white one pictured here. I don't know, but would suspect that those ornamental relatives are not as invasive.

Negative

On May 14, 2002, seadance from Eureka, CA wrote:

When I grew this plant in Reno, Nevada I loved it. Protected on a wall it was pretty. However, in much of California, this is a rank weed, albeit a beautiful one, which takes over entire hillsides and crowds out native plants and natural forage for wild life. It is also a fire hazard when dry. Self seeds amazingly well.