I remember the first time I set eyes on this pretty little plant. My family had taken a trip to the Brisbane Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens to the Australian Natives area for a picnic morning tea. Amongst the varieties of banksias, grevilleas and bottlebrushes, etc. were these Pink Mulla Mullas and I simply fell in love with them. They look as though their flowerheads would be spiky and sharp but on the contrary they are so soft and fluffy and sway ever so gently in the breeze. Imagine my sheer unadulterated excitement ... (ahem - my 'delight' - I don't want to come across as a total flower nerd) ... when I found a couple of these plants at my favourite plant nursery soon after. Of course like a shoeaholic - if that's a word - I just had to buy a couple and plant them in my native garden. Yes they flowered for a length of time enough for me to admire and enjoy, but then died so were sadly dug out.
My research showed Greek and Latin origins for the botanical name of Ptilotus nobilis - Mulla Mulla. Ptilon (Greek) meaning down or feathers - reference to the appearance of the flowers and nobilis (Latin) meaning notable or famous which refers to the flowering habit of the plant.
I spent quite a bit of time perfecting the Pink Mulla Mulla cross stitch design. It was vital to achieve it's unique shape and colouring and the all important spiked effect. The design is 58 x 109mm (2.3 x 4.3in) or 32 x 60 stitches in dimension and contains 9 colours.
Think it might be time for another picnic morning tea visit to the Gardens again!!