Back in 2008 I wrote about the broom cycle at Dungeness click here. The last two photos in this post show a broom Cytisus scoparius I got to know well in the 1990s. It was growing on previously disturbed shingle and was heavily grazed by rabbits, forming a low broom turf. Then an outbreak of myxomatosis allowed the bush to reach for the skies (the second last photograph in the above post shows this just as time was starting to catch up with this plant and it died). The final photo shows a number of seedlings colonising around the remains of the bush, benefitting from the humus it had added to the bare shingle.
Move forward four years and those seedlings have formed several large wood sage Teucrium scorodonia plants.
The wood sage plants are growing with