The descriptions for this plant do not do it justice and most of the picture show a bland blob of color. This plant is anything but if you only take a closer look. The common name provides a clue ‘Flame Fressia’. The intricate markings on the bud and petals is worth getting yourself close to the ground to admire this 6″ tall plant with 1″ blossoms. Pink/Mauve and white petals with intricate carvings and markings make this so worth having in the garden even if they only last a few days. They take so little space that it is worth it. The name – which means squalid may be a result of the early specimens that were picked and then arrived looking a dirty mauve with none of its original beauty left. This plant deserves an apology!
Pronunciation: try-TOH-nee-uh SKWA-lee-duh
Species Meaning: Stiff or rough; neglected, dirty
Tritonia squalida is native to Southern Africa.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20141
Found in Gondwana,
Ont he left by the first level of steps in Gondwana.
We acquired this plant from Cooperch999.