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Genista monspessulana
French broom

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations west of the Cascades crest in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to California, also in western Idaho.

Habitat: Waste areas, roadsides, and other disturbed open areas.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Shrub up to 3.5 m. tall, usually villous-pubescent, the branches leafy.


Leaves alternate, trifoliate; leaflets obovate, 2-3 cm. long.


Flowers pea-like, 3-10 in compact racemes on short lateral shoots, light yellow, about 1 cm. long; calyx bell-shaped, hairy, the upper lip much more deeply lobed than the lower one.


Pods hairy, about 2 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Genista monspessulana (L.) L.A.S. Johnson
Publication: Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 3: 98. 1962.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cytisus monspessulanus L. [HC]
Teline monspessulana (L.) K. Koch
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Genista monspessulana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Genista monspessulana checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Genista monspessulana information.

E-Flora BC: Genista monspessulana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Genista monspessulana photos.

USDA Plants: Genista monspessulana information.

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