Spartium, from Greek, signifying cordage; the earliest ropes were made of this and similar plants. The species are shrubs, thick-set with verdant, flexible, rush-like twigs, which are very ornamental in winter, and generally profusely covered with showy white or yellow pea-shaped flowers in summer.

Spartium scoparmm. - Common Brown. - A very .ornamental shrub in garden scenery, producing a profusion of its showy blossoms. It is not very common in New England, as our winters are rather severe upon it. In the interior of the country, we find no difficulty in keeping it, when the snows are deep. If planted on the north side of a wall, and covered with snow, it will be found perfectly green in the spring, and flowers abundantly.