Cytisus scoparius, the Common Broom
and Scotch Broom, Sarothamnus scoparius,
is a perennial leguminous shrub native to western
and central Europe.
In Britain and Ireland the standard name is
Spanish Broom is extremely toxic and poisonings
have occurred when substitutions made.
Spanish Broom is helpful around stores of food
to keep rats and mice away and was
traditionally used in this manner.
An old form of broom was the besom, which was
made simply of twigs tied to a handle, and was relatively inefficient as a cleaning implement for it commonly
caused more of a mess than it cleaned up causing
it to be somewhat counter-productive.