Low, matted shrub; stems ascending, 5-40 cm tall, finely hairy and glandular, becoming glabrous.
Alternate, evergreen, spreading-ascending, linear or linear-oblong, 3-15 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, blunt to nearly pointed, deeply grooved beneath, margins appearing to be rolled under, glabrous except margins with small, fine, glandular teeth.
Several to many, in terminal clusters, fragrant, nodding; flower stalks about 2 cm long, finely glandular-hairy; corollas deep pinkish-rose, bell-shaped, 5-9 mm long, glabrous externally, the lobes curved back; calyces reddish, 2-3 mm long, lobes lance egg-shaped, blunt, glabrous except for finely fringed margins; stamens 10, included; filaments glabrous, anthers reddish.
Capsules, nearly globe-shaped, 2.5-3.5 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, glandular-hairy.
The hybrid between P. empetriformis and P. glanduliflora is known as P. x intermedia (Hook.) Rydb., and is quite common where the two occur together. The hybrids generally have white to pale rose corollas, and other intermediate characters.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(102), BAFA(48), BWBS(2), CMA(67), CWH(53), ESSF(1330), ICH(5), IMA(62), MH(307), MS(17), SBPS(2), SBS(4), SWB(16)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013