R. fulvoides

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R. fulvoides has, until now, been the ugly step child of the Subsection Fulva of the Subgenus Hymananthes group, mostly because its indumentum has been considered coarse and granular. Balderdash! Mostly, we have failed to pay attention to a stunning plant whose rather large leaves carry the day, top and bottom – glossy, slightly recurved, stately, regal, with an indumentum worthy of respect. (It’s barely visible at the top of the picture but is a stunning yellow gold orange).

R. fulvoides makes a well-rounded shrub of perhaps five feet in ten years and is quite hardy. Its flowers are a soft pink to white carried in a well-composed truss. Here’s a dark horse worthy of a spot in your garden.