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An evergreen sub-shrub of tufted habit, producing dense rounded clusters, 12 in. or more across, with erect or procumbent, slender, hairy, terete stems 3 to 6 in. long, springing from a woody root-stock. Leaves in decussate pairs, rather crowded, stalkless, 1⁄4 to 5⁄8 in. long, oval, apex rounded, hairy on both surfaces. Flowers bright yellow, 1 to 11⁄2 in. across, springing from the terminal leaf-axils in clusters of three or four; petals oblong, 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in. wide; stamens very numerous, about 1⁄4 in. long.
Native of the south-eastern parts of the Balkan peninsula and of north-west Turkey. It is profuse flowering and attractive in May. Suitable for the rock garden.
The only member of the section Campylopus, this differs from H. olympicum and H. polyphyllum (section Olympia) in its pendulous seed-capsules and the downiness of the stems, leaves and sepals.