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PlantFiles: Spanish Broom
Genista hispanica

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Genista (jih-NIS-tuh) (Info)
Species: hispanica (his-PAN-ih-kuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative cactuspatch On Apr 26, 2008, cactuspatch from Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am highly allergic to this plant, it has a strong nasty smell and it is very annoying that I because my neighbors planted them, I have to wear a mask in my rose garden and miss the lovely smell of my roses. Consider how scents will affect you and others before planting something like this.

Neutral ladyannne On Oct 22, 2004, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

While the presence of ths shrub during bloom is spectacular, it can become out of control and larger than life, requiring constant pruning to prevent it from taking over an area.


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

Prescott, Arizona
Madera, California
Merced, California
Eastham, Massachusetts
Albuquerque, New Mexico (3 reports)
La Luz, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico

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