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Noxious WeedScotch Broom Cytisus scoparius Legume family (Fabaceae)


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Description: Branched perennial, weedy shrub, native to south Europe and northern Africa, up to 8 feet (2.5 m) tall. Branches are slender and dark green with small leaves. Upper leaves are simple and lower are three parted. Flowers are abundant and showy, yellow in color and are pea-like. Seed pods are flattened, brown or black, with white hair on the margins. When mature, these pods can split noisily, ejecting the seeds some distance from the plant. Seeds remain viable in the soil for many years.

Distribution: Can be found throughout the area of the Redding Field Office but is more concentrated in the area of Shasta lake and the Interstate 5 corridor.

Habitat: Found growing most commonly in roadside situations and can move into shrub and woodlands.

Flowering Period: May and June