Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Cytisus nigricans L.

Fully-hardy, erect, deciduous shrub with upright shoots, 3-palmate leaves and slender, terminal racemes of yellow flowers in summer.  To 1.5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A pretty flowering shrub of middling growth, seldom exceeding four feet in height. […] It begins to produce its fine yellow flowers at an early age: they generally continue in succession during the greater part of summer.’  [LBC no.570/1821].  ‘This plant is a common and elegant ornament of shrubberies in this country, flowering profusely from August to October, when little else is in bloom.  It is frequently met with in most of the middle and southern parts of Europe, and is said to have been introduced to England in 1730.’  [BR f.802/1824].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.364/1850].


Cytisus nigricans Pall. (1787) = Calophaca wolgarica Fisch.

Published Dec 16, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM

Figured are tri-foliate leaves and upright raceme of yellow pea flowers and seed pods.  Botanical Register f.802, 1824.

Cytisus nigricans L. | BR f.802/1824 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Central and south eastern Europe

  • Lembotropis nigricans Griseb. 
Common Name

Black-rooted broom

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cytisus nigricans

Confidence level high