Thank you to Diana @themagicthreadcardigan
For letting me know re this plant it is called a starfish Cactus after all this time mystery solved.
It has produced 3 beautiful flowers this time around opening up looking like purple tiger velvet absolutely exquisite a real pattern for fabric.
Nature continues to inspire me always
I know @helenaturinski takes beautiful photos in botanicall gardens check it out
From Clara Fox Vintage