Spartium junceum

Spartium junceum L.

Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

  • Spanish Broom
  • shih شيح
  • wazzal وزال
  • אֲחִירֹתֶם הַחֹרֶשׁ
  • akhirotem ha-khoresh

Phanerophyte shrub

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Spartium junceum L.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source



Decoct plant in water & apply as hot compress x2/day.

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Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes mellitus


1.Cook plant in water (without sugar) & drink.
2.Decoct in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day for 40 days.

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Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink x1 cup x3/day.

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Z notes that an Arabic name for this plant "sih" or "seeh" is also used for Artemisia sieberi.

Spartium junceum contains sparteine (quinolizidine alkaloid) & junceoside (triterpenoid saponin) which may cause exccessive vomiting, & kidney irritation. Seeds are poisonous to animals.