Chamaecytisus purpureus (Scop.) Link.

Fully-hardy, deciduous, dense, semi-erect shrub with smooth, branching stems, 3-palmate leaves and axillary clusters of 2 or 3 pale pink to lilac flowers, to 2.5cm across, with darker throats, in early summer.  To 45cm.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is a beautiful hardy shrub, of low bushy growth, and flowers in the months of May and June, when it is a pleasing ornament to a garden.’  [LBC no.892, 1824].  ‘The purple-flowered Cytisus is a humble shrub with weak stems, which in the month of May are covered with a profusion of flowers.’  [BM t.1176/1809].  Introduced to England in 1792.  ‘This plant is very beautiful when in flower, but has a better effect when grafted on a rather tall laburnum.’  [Don]. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.365/1843].


Published Dec 16, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 05:01 PM

Figured are tri-foliate leaves and upright raceme of lilac pink pea flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1176, 1809.

Chamaecytisus purpureus (Scop.) Link. | BM t.1176/1809 | BHL

More details about Chamaecytisus purpureus (Scop.) Link.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South east Europe

  • Cytisus purpureus Scop. 
Common Name

Purple broom

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cytisus purpureus 

Confidence level high