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A deciduous shrub of stiff, sturdy habit, up to 3 ft high; branchlets short, glabrous. Leaves oval or obovate, 1⁄2 to 1 in. long, 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. wide, dull grey-green, above, glaucous, finely downy, and with well-defined nerves beneath; stalk 1⁄16 in. long. Flowers pale yellow, produced in pairs from the leaf-axils, on stalks 1⁄4 in. long. Corolla two-lipped, scarcely 1⁄2 in. long, the tube about as long as the lips. Berries bright red, united.
Native of the arid parts of the north-west Himalaya, Tibet, Siberia, etc.; introduced in 1818. It is suitable for the rock garden, where, however, its chief attraction would be it low, neat habit and grey aspect, for it bears flowers and fruits very sparingly in our climate.