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with stiffly erect branches, usually 10-20cm high but occasionally much more. Leaves 5-8mm long, minutely glandular-toothed when young, deep, fairly lustrous green above with a white midrib beneath. Flowers bell-shaped, white or white tinted pink, on reddish pedicels up to 2.5cm long, in umbels of two to seven, sometimes solitary, late spring to early summer. Japan, in rocky habitats at alpine levels. P.n. var. oblongo-ovata (syn. P. tsugifolia and P. nipponica var. tsugifolia) is somewhat more robust with longer, thicker leaves and longer pedicels.

Plant Portrait: Phyllodoce nipponica