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.