Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spanish Broom

I had never heard of Spanish Broom until I came to New Mexico. I understand it is non-native to the United States, and in some states on the west coast it is considered a noxious weed, but not here in NM. Here in our state it thrives and is in full bloom right now.

I have four Spanish broom shrubs at my house. Here are a few pictures:


Kris, in New England said...

OMG I'm so jealous! It's one of my favorite plants and I can never get one to survive more than a year or 2, let alone grow to that size.


WasSoggyInSeattle said...

In the PNW we called it Scotch Broom and while I embraced it as a beautiful plant, I was all alone. I guess it was brought in to control erosion and just took over, whole hillsides, fields etc are covered in it and in a variety of colors. We have a nice yellow one here but had several different colors in Seattle.

Towanda said...

I love it too, especially right now while it is in full bloom (this is my first year to see it bloom.)

I guess one person's noxious weed is another person's beautiful shrub. :)

Buck said...

I've never seen it down this way, but it is lovely, indeed.

WasSoggyInSeattle said...

Another one behind our house is starting to bloom and its a purpley-brown-ish color. LOVE it!

My Mom took some seeds back from Seattle to plant where they live, south of Portales but I don't think it ever grew. I figure it would grow and take over the countryside but I guess not.

Same thing with horsetail - a noxious weed in PNW but as I was researching how to get rid of it, I found they sell it in gardening catalogs... I was sitting on a GOLD mine!! LOL

Brigette said...

I'd never heard of it before moving here either, and we have a number of bushes on our property. I also love it.