Genista lydia: General information
The brooms were very welcome to the Greeks and Romans who cultivated them in abundance to attract bees and thus obtain an excellent honey.
In Spain, they were much appreciated for their delicate scent and also the fiber of the roots was used to produce rope for ships.
In the Mediterranean area, bare branches were cut to make brooms. King Henry II of England was named the Plantagenet (planta genista) in memory of the emblem of his family, a branch of broom. In France, King Louis IX founded the order of broom. According to the Sicilian tradition, the broom must be considered an unwelcome plant; it is said that the noise of its branches stirred by the wind disturbed Jesus while he was praying in the garden of Gethsemane. The broom represents modesty and humility, it is a plant, in fact, that grows even in extremely arid soils.