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A dwarf evergreen shrub up to 12 or 15 in. high, with slender, erect, angled branches. Leaves produced occasionally in pairs, but usually three at each joint; 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, linear, with the margins curled under; stalkless. Flowers in an erect panicle, producing three cymes in each tier; each flower 1⁄2 to J in. across, pale golden yellow; sepals small, oblong, with black glands on the margin. Fruit a three-celled capsule 1⁄4 in. long, with the spreading sepals attached at the base. Bot. Mag., t. 6764.
Native of Greece and the islands of the Grecian Archipelago; introduced to the Hammersmith nursery of Messrs Lee in 1788. It is a rather tender plant, and will survive only our mildest winters without protection. But for the warmer counties few more charming dwarf shrubs could be found. Even in cooler districts it is well worth the little protection it requires. Flowers from late July to September.
H. e. var. tortuosum Rech. f.
H. e. var. prostratum Hort