This is Malope trifida “Vulcan”. A great favourite of mine.
There are many things I love about this ornamental mallow. The pleated pink petals, sugar plum fairy to deep dark furrows. The etched out centre, revealing limy green beneath, a verdant silhouette. The candied peel stamen, irresistibly delicious and I’m not even a bee. But more than anything I love the fact that I had no idea of its existence.
Months ago at The Farm we sowed a random selection of seed, dregs from my seed box, in an attempt to clothe a difficult corner. This was one of my least successful plans. The corner proved more difficult than expected. Nothing happened. At all.
Weeks pass and one plant is defiant. Tucked into a neglected corner, like the star it so obviously is, showing true class.