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A deciduous shrub 6 to 8 ft high; young shoots purplish hairy; winter-buds with two outer scales. Leaves ovate or oval, 3⁄4 to 2 in. long, half to three-fourths as wide, rounded or tapered at the base, mostly pointed, ciliate, more or less hairy; stalk 1⁄6 in. or less long. Flowers in pairs, each pair subtended by two hairy bracts 1⁄4 in. long; corolla white, 1⁄2 in. long, the slender tubular base rather longer than the lobes, and with a protuberance near the base, hairy outside; flower-stalk about 1⁄4 in. long. Berries 1⁄3 in. wide, orange-red.
Native of Turkestan; introduced from St Petersburg in 1899, but very rare. It belongs to the same group as L. hispida, but has comparatively inconspicuous bracts, and the corolla-tube differs in being longer than the lobes. Flowers in April and May.