This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Spartium Jungeum. Spanish Broom.
Stigma longitudinale, supra villosum. Filamenta germini adhaerentia. Calyx deorsum productus.
SPARTIUM junceum ramis oppositis teretibus apice floriferis, foliis lanceolatis. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 643.
SPARTIUM arborescens, feminibus lenti similibus. Bauh. Pin. 396.
Spanish Broom. Park. Parad. p. 442. t. 443. fig. 4.
Grows naturally in France, Spain, Italy, and Turkey; bears our climate extremely well; is a common shrub in our nurseries and plantations, which it much enlivens by its yellow blossoms: flowers from June to August, or longer in cool seasons.
Is raised by seeds, which generally come up plentifully under the shrubs.
Miller mentions a variety of it, which, as inferior to the common sort, does not appear to be worth cultivating.