Lotus scoparius Lotus scoparius
Common Name Deerweed, California Broom, Common Deerweed
Latin Name Lotus scoparius
Native Habitat California dry slopes from 0 to 5,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month once established
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green evergreen leaves
Garden Suitability Songbird, Thornless, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Blooms all year, yellow flowers turn red once pollinated, extremely cold marginal
Nature Value Attracts nectar loving insects, seeds eaten by birds, browse for wildlife, butterfly magnet
Native American Uses Medicinal
    Images http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/commondeerweed.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=5072
    Images and data http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/plants/sdpls/plants/Lotus_scoparius.html
    Images and data http://www.oceanlight.com/lightbox.php?sp=lotus_scoparius_scoparius
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Lotus%20scoparius.pdf
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/158210/
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Lotus_scoparius.htm
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/403.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.elnativogrowers.com/california_native_list_species_only.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LOSC2