Hort. Kew. 2: 12. 1789 ,.
Plants forming extensive, open colonies, 1–7.5 dm; twigs yellowish green, ± terete, hairy. Leaves deciduous, rarely persistent; blade green, spatulate to elliptic, 13–40 × 3–17 mm, subcoriaceous, margins sharply to obscurely serrate, surfaces glandular abaxially, hairy especially when young, rarely glabrous. Flowers: calyx pale green, sometimes hairy; corolla usually white tinged with pink, cylindric, 5–9 mm; filaments ± hairy. Berries black, 6–8 mm diam., sometimes puberulent. Seeds 5–25, ca. 1 mm. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering winter–spring.
Habitat: Dry sand hills, pine barrens, scrubby oak woods, open pine parkland, and flatwoods subject to burning
Elevation: 0-200 m
Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss., N.C., S.C., Va.