A modern hybrid from South Africa. A well tested hybrid that has performed well here, but there is something of the academic consensus about its appearance. It remains an
excellent plant, but the
rather foolish spelling of 'Namakwa', though it might once have been innovative, has become a tired old cliche that speaks of a marketing consultant who has
run out of ideas.
It has been vigorous and tolerant, flowering here in the middle of a long hard freeze, protected only by a sheet of black plastic.
One of the early hybrids raised by the South African Agricultural Research Council breeding program. I bought it in a garden centre for £4.99
in 2002 when it was first being promoted.