Oval shaped, deep green leaves with scattered fine hairs are held on rigid stout stems up to a height of around 45 cms or so in around 10 years. Flowers are produced in early spring at the stem tips in dense clusters. These are open mouthed, colour is a nice strong scarlet-red. Suitable for the smaller rock garden or shaded area in acid soil. The evergreen nature of these shrubs adds backbone to the garden especially throughout the winter months.