An evergreen shrub 4 to 8 in. high (sometimes 12 in.) with erect branchlets. Leaves numerous, covering the twig, linear, rounded at the end, 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, 1⁄20 in. wide, minutely toothed, dark green with a white line beneath. Flowers produced several together in a cluster at the end of the shoot in April and May, each flower on a stalk 1⁄2 to 1 in. long thickly furnished with glandular hairs, as are also the calyx and (to a lesser degree) the corolla. Corolla yellowish, pitcher-shaped, scarcely 1⁄4 in. long, downy outside, narrowed at the top to a small orifice where are five tiny, glabrous, reflexed lobes. Stamens with downy stalks and purple anthers. Ovary downy; style longer than the stamens, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, pointed, 1⁄6 in. long, very glandular.
Native of western N. America, from Oregon to Alaska and on the Rocky Mountains, often just below the perpetual snow line. Of the group of phyllodoces with the corolla contracted to a narrow orifice at the top (as distinct from those with an open bell-mouthed corolla) this is distinguished by its downy stamens and very glandular flower-stalks, sepals, and corolla. It is perhaps most closely akin to P. aleutica, but that has glabrous stamens – and corolla.