Spanish Broom

Spartium junceum

Plant Description

Green stems are leafless most of the year; older stems and branches are brown, with clusters of yellow pea-like flowers at ends of stalks, dark brown to black seed pods.

Plant Details

Life Forms
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height 6-10'
Distribution Found in South Western Oregon, as well as Polk and Linn Counties.
Control Pull small infestations with a weed wrench or by hand. Roots must be removed. Continue to pull seedlings until seed bank is eradicated. Mowing and saw cutting may lead to stump sprouting
Reproduction and Spread Seeds remain viable for over 80 years.
Introduced mid-1800s, from Mediterranean Europe.
Look Alikes Portuguese broom, Spanish broom, French broom
Impact Competes with native plants, increases maintenance costs where established. Severe fire hazard. Unpalatable to most livestock. Allergen source.
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