Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Broom
Cytisus scoparius
of the Pea family
a shrub
1-2.5 m high
blooms April-June
likes dry heathland, grassy banks, open woodlands
can be seen on the roadside north of the Boathouse

   
Broom can be used by herbologists to promote tranquility and as a remedy for bladder, kidney and liver problems. The young herbaceous tops, fresh and dried, in small doses contains Sparteine and Scoparin. It is poisonous in high doses.