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Why is Scotch broom bad? Scotch broom does cause problems. It displaces native plants; destroys rangeland and grasslands; dense stands impede the movement of wildlife; the seeds are poisonous to humans, horses and livestock, and it's considered a fire hazard, according to a King County noxious weed alert.Is Scotch broom invasive?
– Although admired for its yellow blooms, the Scotch broom shrub has become an invasive species throughout the Pacific Northwest, where it competes with native plants and forms dense stands that are difficult to manage and remove. Scotch broom was introduced from Europe as a garden ornamental by early settlers of the Pacific Coast.