The majority of hebe species come from New Zealand, with a few from South America and one from the Falkland Islands. The leaves are usually oval or lance-shaped, with a distinct ridge along the centre on the underside. A group of hebes, called the ‘whipcord’ hebes, have tiny, scale-like leaves and resemble conifers. They also differ from the others because the flowers are arranged in clusters at the ends of the shoots. Most are white. Because they flower on new growth, the majority of hebes flower from midsummer onwards. Unlike most hardy shrubs, hebes do not form resting buds in winter, the growing point being covered by pairs of leaves which are attached along their edges to enclose the growing tip. Hebes vary in their tolerance of pruning, many of the small-leaved hebes failing to resprout when pruned hard.