Forming dense, deep green cushions, pronounced columnar structure, stems clothed with marcescent foliage. Leaves 3-4mm long, 1.8-2mm wide, oblong-spathulate with three crenate to dentate teeth at the apex giving a distinctive appearance to the rosette. Corolla deep violet, diameter 6-8mm, tube 9-10mm long. Introduced by five different expeditions between 1998 and 2002 , all from 2500-2800m on Kuh-e Bohorse, near Semirom in Esfahan Province, Iran. Has settled down in cultivation well but not always free flowering although this seems to improve with maturity. SLIZE232, DZ I 00-42, JMM01-27, T4Z100, JLMS02-54. New introductions in 2016 are CIA187-1 and CIA187-2 from a similar area.
Reference: ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY PLANT ENCYCLOPAEDIA