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  Spanish Broom shrub
Spanish Broom

Spanish Broom

Spanish Broom, Spartium junceum, is a large evergreen shrub and a moderate grower, six to ten feet in height.

Fragrant, bright yellow flowers are followed by three inch long seed pods, requires full sun and low watering, once established.

Spanish Broom is not very cold hardy and usually freezes back to ground level, coming back from the roots in the spring.

Can be a good plant for the desert Southwest garden, but it does have some issues. As you can see in the photos, it doesn't really look good after the flowers are gone and it can get very large.

There is a fussy, brownish caterpillar, Uresiphita reversalis, that absolutely loves this plant and it will strip the stems, leaving brown sticks in a very short period of time.

All parts of the plant are poisonous.

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Spanish Broom flowers
Spanish Broom, flower
Spanish Broom seed pods
Spanish Broom, seed pod
Large Spanish Broom
Spanish Broom, too large of a
plant to be in the foreground

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