R. argipeplum

This is a truly bristly fellow with lots of interest. Argipeplum means “with a white covering” and the leathery leaves have a thin white or tawny, wooly indumentum on the underside. What’s more, the new growth has lots of bristles which give this plant a distinct character.

The flowers are a strong red that come early in the season.

R. argipeplum is closley related to R. barbatum. Like barbatum, argipeplum will develop a smooth polished reddish trunk with age. It may grow to five feet in ten years.

R. argipeplum would apprecciate small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering that keeps it moist, and good drainage with well-aerated soil.