A shrub 6 in. to 2 ft high, with stiffly erect, much-branched, round stems, almost completely hidden by closely appressed, scale-like leaves; shoots of the year, with their covering of leaves, 1⁄12 to 1⁄8 in. thick, the lateral ones springing from the stem at a narrowly acute angle. Leaves broadly deltoid, 1⁄10 to 1⁄6 in. long, each pair united by their margins at the base, thick, roundly convex on the exposed side, obtuse at the apex, the margins ciliate. Flowers 1⁄4 in. wide, white or pinkish, crowded in a small terminal head. Sepals narrowly oblong, about as long as the corolla-tube. Bot. Mag., t. 7415.
Native of the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the very hardiest of the New Zealand hebes and makes an interesting small evergreen, but is rather shy-flowering. H. lycopodioides has equally stout stems, but they are distinctly four-angled, not terete as in H. hectoris.