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Small, erect or decumbent shrub, 0.3-1.2m; young shoots ferruginous-lanate, glandular. Leaves 0.6-5 x 0.1-0.5(-1.2)cm, linear to narrowly elliptic-oblong, margin strongly revolute, upper surface dark green, dull, lower surface densely ferrugineous-lanate, epidermis with or without short setulose hairs, sometimes also with reddish glands, scales rimless, golden. Flowers many, in a loose terminal umbellate corymb; calyx minute; corolla white, rotate, 4-8mm; stamens 7-10; ovary glandular, style glabrous.
RHS Hardiness H4.
Leaves 0.6-2 x 0.1-0.3cm, lower epidermis with few or no setulose hairs.
Distribution Arctic regions of Europe, America and Russia, also Japan (Hokkaido) and Korea.
Leaves 1.2-5 x 0.2-0.5(-1.2)cm, lower epidermis covered with short setulose hairs.
Distribution N & C Europe, Russia (European part, extending to S Siberia).