This species is very distinct from H. ericoides in its smaller leaves, which are closely appressed to the stem and almost concealed by the dense, woolly down. Native of north-eastern N. America in sandy places on the coast, around the Great Lakes, and in the prairies.Forms intermediate between the two species are found where they grow together, as on the sand-barrens of New Jersey. These may be hybrids but curiously enough they also occur in parts of E. Canada where H. ericoides is absent (Gray’s Manual of Botany, Ed. 8 (1950), p. 1018; M’Nab in Edin. New Phil. Journ., No. 35 (1835)).