An evergreen shrub with an open arching habit. The small grey leaves which are sometimes edged in red contrast starkly with the thin black branches. The flowers are small and light blue-mauve and bloom in early summer. 'Quicksilver' is a seedling of H. pimeleoides selected for its markedly grey foliage.
Sparse grassland or stony places in the drier mountains of Marlborough and Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.