Perennial herb, up to 40 cm tall, with a branched woody base. Leaves basally congested, densely appressed-tomentose, sericeous, 13-36 x 7-8 mm, elliptic to oblanceolate to lanceolate, base attenuate, subacute, some leaves plicate. Flowers campanulate, in compact, almost sessile cymes. Bracts lanceolate, bracteoles acicular. Sepals 7-9 mm long, outer lanceolate, inner shorter, lanceolate, broader at the base, acuminate, tomentose. Corolla pink, c. 18 mm long, spreading at the top, plaited hairy outside, tube glabrous. Ovary hirsute, on a disc. Capsule c. 5 mm long, ovoid. Seeds black, glabrous.
Fl. Per.: April-July.
Type: Iran, Shiraz, Kotschy 375 (leek).: G-Boiss.
Baluchistan: D-4 nr. Ziarat, Siddiqi 2072 (RAW), id., A.H. Rahman G-23 (RAW, PPFI-B), nr. Quetta, Ispilingi, 16.6.59, A.H. & S.A. Khan s.n. (PPFIB).
Distribution: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan.
Found along the Iran-Baluchistan boundary (Burkill, Work. List Pl. Baluch. 53.1909), on rocks and in crevices, in dry waste ground or sandy hills.