Scotch Broom


  • Angled, spineless stems; green when young and woody when mature; star-shaped when cross-cut
  • Stiff, dark green branches
  • Bright yellow pea-like flowers about 3/4 inch long
  • Smooth black fruits (pods), hairy along the edges
  • Height 3 to 10 feet

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Weed Information

ToxicitySeeds toxic to humans and livestock.
ControlBiological, cutting/mowing and herbicide. Contact your County Weed District or local Applicator for more information.
HabitatDisturbed areas, open forests, roadsides, grasslands, pastures, cultivated fields, wasteland, waterways and meadows.
Leaf ShapeOval/lance-shaped with 3 leaflets.
LifespanPerennial; two years or longer.
Priority 1B WeedLimited presence in Montana.
Similar Looking PlantsSpanish and French broom.
Important InformationIntroduced as an ornamental and for erosion control. Plants produce high levels of nitrogen in the surrounding air which discourages native growth.