Scott Broom (Cytisus Scoparius) , while pretty in color is an invasive species that was originally introduced from Europe as an ornamental plant that could be used for erosion control. Being a prolific seed producer, 18,000 seeds per plant, this species has spread quickly throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the process, this plant has had an adverse effect on the revegitation of upland sites, wetland buffers and attempts at reforestation. The costs to the states to control and remove this plant is in the millions each year. In the photos, one can see this plant in different stages, a flower, a single plant, a few plants and then a total colony on a hillside.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.