Reproductive biology in two Genisteae (Papilionoideae) endemic of the western Mediterranean region: Cytisus
striatus and Retama sphaemcarpa.
Allgold BRIGHT yellow flowers are produced by this form of broom in late spring.
This specialist of genistoid legumes has been released for the biological control of Scotch broom, Cytisus
Examples include Persicaria (Knotweed) Cytisus
(Pineapple broom) Calluna (heather) Lonicera (Honeysuckle) Trifolium (Clover) Cardamine (Cuckoo flower) Erysimum (Wallflower) Helianthemum (Rock rose), Festuca (Blue fescue) Sorbus (Mountain ash) Malus (Crab apple) and hundreds more.
A whole raft of their mates enjoy broom, privet, hebe, cytisus
, ceanothus, ribes and sorbus.
MOROCCAN broom or cytisus
x battandieri is also referred to as a pineapple broom because the scent of its bright yellow flowers really do smell mout h-wateringly of pineapple.
is a beautiful showy plant which flowers in late spring/early summer and has flowers of white, primrose, yellow, orange, red or pink.
A south-facing wall behind your garden is ideal for the Moroccan pineapple broom Cytisus
MRS Mutlow of Castle Bromwich has told me a very sad tale about her Cytisus
battanderi which she planted last year and now stands 18 inches high but the leaves, especially on the lower sections, are going pink and then brown prior to falling off.
For a stunning wall shrub, try the pineapple broom, Cytisus
THE Moroccan broom, or Cytisus
battandieri, has a delicious surprise - its flowers smell like pineapple.
For sweet shrubs, look to the evergreen, pale pink flowered Daphne x burkwoodii `Somerset'; silver-grey leaved Cytisus
battandierii, with pineapple-scented yellow `candles', though it needs a warm, sheltered position; and climbers like Clematis recta and, later in summer Clematis flammula, the `virgin's bower', both smothered with small white flowers.
OTHER shrub favourites include broom, lavender (for Large White and Wall Brown butterflies), cytisus
, privet (Red Admirals), ribes, honeysuckle (Speckled Wood) and sorbus.
For spring and summer flowering, try: Escallonia - shiny evergreen leaves with pink or red flowers; Hebe - pink, white or blue flowers with evergreen leaves; Cytisus
- yellow, pink or red; Choisya - Mexican Orange Blossom - white scented flowers with evergreen leaves; and Olearia - white daisy flowers.
The tropical-looking pineapple broom Cytisus
battandieri, with its fir cone-like lemon flowers and spun-silver foliage, thrives on a cold wall, and the exquisite Abutilon x suntense `Jermyns' reaches for the roof.