This is a seldom-seen species that is noted for its large flowers ranging from rose to red. Flower buds have an attractive, russet indumentum, while the young leaves are creamy white on the upper surface, then become dark and shiny as they mature.
This plant’s forebears live in SE Tibet and Northern India where they grow in conifer forests. There are forms that are hardy here in the northwest.
R. lanigerum would like partial shade, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering and well-drained soil.