Greek sparton — rush, referring to the resemblance between this plant and the rushes.
For genus description see S. junceum.
Grown for the upright, rush-like stems and large flower clusters, sometimes as a hedge. Naturalised in warm, dry regions such as California and SA, where it is established along roadsides. In Vic it persists around old gardens.
1 species from the Mediterranean and SW Europe.
A source of fibre, often blended with rayon or wool; stems sometimes used in basketry. An essential oil is extracted from the flowers and used in perfumes.
Rush-like branchlets; calyx with small, equal teeth; anthers bearded.
Source: (2002). Fabaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.