STATUS: Regionally Controlled Weed
English Broom flower
English Broom seed
English Broom stem
STEMS: Green to brown with prominent ridges, erect, woody multi branched.
LEAVES: Made up of three soft leaflets which are hairy underneath.
FLOWERS: Bright yellow, pea like, about 2-2.5cm long, occurring singly or in clusters of up to nine in leaf axils. Appearing in late winter through spring.
FRUIT: A brown or black pod, 5cm long.
SEED: Yellow brown, shiny, rounded, flattened 3-4mm long.
INVADES: Forests, neglected areas, roadsides and watercourses.
DISPERSAL: Vegetatively, machinery and soil disturbance.
CONTROL: It will take at least five years to get rid of broom. Seed can stay in the ground for 30 years but burning can germinate the seed. BBRLG recommends hand-pulling small plants. Spray broom with a cocktail of Brush Off as directed, but also add 10ml per litre of Round Up. Mowing can be good, as long it is before the plant seeds.