Was this the first flower? Sometimes subsequent flowers/blooms are better. I've also noticed, with Phrags, that occasionally even a good plant will produce malformed flowers. Could be culture, could be genetic -- I don't know
That's what I thought. I let three buds open and they were all like that so i just dumped it. I have a whole compot from the cross and so i figured more should bloom with similar colouring. In fact, one did bloom with very similar colouring, but i broke the spike before the flower fully opened so i'll have to wait until the next blooming to see what it looks like.