Saturday, October 2, 2010

Broom

The common Broom is found in the Himalayan regions of India. It is full of yellow flowers in spring and summer in the hillsides. It has royal connections. The Plantagenet kings of England took their name from the Latin name of the broom, Planta genista., and the plant itself was the royal emblem. The plant is considered unlucky, so you don't see it in gardens in India.
The strong scent of the flowers were thought to tame wild horses.
The broom is a host plant for the larvae of some butterflies.

4 comments:

  1. Hahaha what a funny name for such a pretty plant. It isn't used to sweep the floor right? Why is it considered unlucky?

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  2. It looks so pretty but is considered very invasive in western Canada. It's probably better behaved in India. :)

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  3. It looks like Spanish Broom which is a weed here as well

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  4. Interesting history. Thanks for sharing.

    Cher
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