This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this plant is mountain bogs and copses. The plant has the undershrub habit. The stem is rigid, round in section, prostrate, then ascending, wood)-, naked below, the branches ascending, round in section. The leaves are tough, deciduous, oblong, inversely egg-shaped, entire, blunt or acute, bluish-green below, with netlike veins below. The flowers are egg-shaped, pink or flesh-colour. The calyx-tube is hemispheric, with 4-5 blunt, broad lobes. The flower-stalk bears one flower. The corolla is more or less globular. The anthers have dorsal awns or processes. The berry is black, with a milky bloom. The plant is 6-18 in. high, flowering in May and June, and is a perennial undershrub.