Evergreen; stems are distinctly 5-ridged, with leaves that are 3-parted. Stems may be leafless much of the year. Fruit pods are flattened with hairs mostly at seams. Pea-like flowers, not fragrant, vary from yellow to red in color and occur single or paired. French broom blooms before Scotch broom, Spanish broom flowers late in summer when Scotch broom is nearly done flowering.
|Habitat Notes||Open disturbed sites, roadsides, paastures, grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian corridors and open forests.|