Spanish broom

Spanish broom dulist

In the coastal part of Croatia due to its mild Mediterranean climate there are many wild-growing plants. If you happen to drive through during spring time you will certainly notice many shrubs with small fragrant yellow flowers. In some areas they cover the entire slopes of the hills. As Spanish broom is common in Split area it is said that town itself was named after it from the Greek version of the plant’s name - Aspalathos that was abbreviated to Spalato and then to Split.
Although it looks decorative Spanish broom is a very useful plant. It is resistant, prevents erosion and recovers quickly after fires. Honey makers appreciate it as well. In the past Spanish broom was used for production of coarse fabrics, ropes, rugs, fishing traps, brooms and even shoes (on the island of Murter in Šibenik area). The whole process is slow. One has to cut the green part of the plant first, avoiding the dry parts. After macerating it in the sea for over one month in order to soften it one has to remove the outer layer of the plant to get to the fiber at the interior and that was usually done using a piece of rock. Only then one can start weaving it. Such hard work was practiced in areas where there was less wool or other materials available.
In the end its fragrance was attributed to have seductive and aphrodisiac powers.