Fabaceae
Cytisus scoparius

Scotch Broom

Erect shrub. Stems not round but angled with 5 edges, not barbed, hairy when young. Leaflets oval, downy hairs pressed close to surface, sessile, divided into 3 parts on older stems. Flowers bright yellow, on upper stems in the union with the simple leaflets. Grows in disturbed places at low elevations, where it becomes invasive.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 5--7 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Meadow, Coastal, Disturbed, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Siskiyous
  • Native: No