Broom – Cytisus spp., Genista spp. Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Broom Botanical Name: Cytisus spp., Genista spp., SY-tis-us, je-NIS-ta Decorative Life: 7-10 days. Flower Color: White, Yellow Availability: Spring 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. 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.