Scotch Broom (Cytisus scopartious)

(Cytisus scopartious)
Common Broom, Scot’s Broom , English Broom


Native to Western and Central Europe it has been introduced into India, South America and Western North America where it is found on sunny site. Broom is =usually found in dry sandy soils at low altitudes where is has become an invasive species which is considered ecologically destructive to grasslands, woodlands and scrublands as well as other habitats.

Conditions of Poisoning:

Toxic Principle:
Seeds are toxic when ingested.

Clinical Symptoms:
Reactions to ingestion of this plant can include both gastrointestinal and cardiac effects. The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea and vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea that may or may not contain blood, and especially in horses, colic. Cardiac reactions consist of irregular heart rate, sometimes characterized by a racing heart at first that then slows to below normal further along in the reaction. The heart may also beat erratically with no sign of a specific rhythm. Extremities may become pale and cold due to poor or irregular circulation. Reactions to poisonings from this plant can also affect the central nervous system. These symptoms can include drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death.

Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergic reactions characterized by dermatitis.


 Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

 If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly