| Scotch Broom |
| Cytisus scoparius|
| Uses: Medicinal/Industrial/Poisonous!
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 6-8) |
| When to Sow: Spring
|| Ease of Germination: Moderate |
Infusion of the dried tops is recommended for dropsy as well as bladder and kidney diseases. Restores normal rhythm to feeble, irregular heartbeat but large doses cause respiratory paralysis. Flowers and stems are used to produce greenish-yellow and olive dyes.