Stems 5-15cm tall. Basal leaves two, linear, up to 16cm long by 2-4mm wide, glabrous or hairy. Stem leaves two, shorter, 5-8mm wide. Flowers two to eleven, in umbellate clusters, 2-3.5cm across, yellow hairy on the backs, on densely woolly pedicels. Mediterranean area east to the Caspian Sea, in steppe country, rocky slopes, limestone cliffs, sometimes in scrub and open woods.