Broom


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Picture of Broom Broom
Common Name: Broom
Botanical Name: Cytisus spp., Genista spp. (SY-tis-us, je-NIS-ta)
Decorative Life: 7-10 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
Harvest Instructions: For propagation purposes, C. pracox roots should be stored at 20F for best results, will be killed at 15F.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae (pea) family.
  • Native to Europe.
  • Related species include clover, lupine, acacia, wisteria.
Personality:
  • Small pea-like flowers occur along green, leafless stems.
  • Stems are 16-20 inches long.
  • Plant is a woody shrub, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are fragrant.
Availability: Spring.
Flower Color: Mostly yellow, also white.
Storage Specifics: 34-36F, up to 5 days dry.
Tidbits:
  • From the Greek "kytisos", the classic name for this class of shrubs.
  • Species commonly used are Cytisus canariensis, C. monspessulanus (French broom), Genista hispanica (Spanish broom), C. scoparius (Scotch broom).
  • Some species are troublesome weeds in areas where they have become naturalized.
  • White species may be dyed pink or purple.
  • One of relatively few plant species that can transform nitrogen from the atmosphere into a nitrogen form that plants can use as a fertilizer.