Prostrate Broom

Prostrate Broom - Brian BonnardProstrate Broom - Brian Bonnard

Latin name: Cytisus scoparius ssp maritimus

Prostrate Broom is a sub-species of Common Broom, but whereas the latter is very rare on Alderney, Prostrate Broom grows all along the southern cliffs.  It is in flower during late April and May forming carpets of bright yellow amidst silvery sheets formed by its stems and leaves.  Many insects feed on this plant and it also provides the food source for Greater Broomrape.

Status in Alderney: Locally Common

Status in UK: Nationally Rare

Status Worldwide (IUCN Red List): Near Threatened