Scutellaria novae-zelandiae is a low-growing herb or subshrub, with erect branches, up to 12 in (30 cm) high. The small, dark green, oval leaves are typically 0.16–0.2 in (4–5 mm) long and 0.08–0.16 in (2–4 mm) across. The softly hairy white flowers are up to 0.2 in (5 mm) across; summer.
Scutellaria novae-zelandiae is a rare plant of lowland forest in Nelson and Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand. It is one of two members of the mint family native to New Zealand.