Harveya huttonii occurs in South Africa in parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Eastern Cape, as well as in Lesotho and Swaziland. The habitat is grassland and damp scrub at higher altitudes.
The plant used to be called H. pulchra among other names. It is a fleshy parasitic herb that reaches heights around 50 cm. Funnel-shaped pink or lilac flowers with white or pale yellow throats appear in short, lax racemes from midsummer to early autumn.
The Harveya genus of parasitic plants that belong to the Orobanchaceae family includes several species with spectacular flowers (Manning, 2009).