Bushy heath-like low shrubs, covered with the small scalelike alternate evergreen pubescent leaves. Twigs very slender, terete; pith minute. Buds scarcely evident. Stipules lacking.

1. H. tomentosa Nutt. Beach-Heath. Hoary with villous tomen -tum; leaves 2 mm. long, appressed. Dunes and sandy places, Quebec to Alberta, south to Illinois, and on the coastal plain to North Carolina; also on high mountain summits, West Virginia.