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Mexican Shell Flowers Tigridia

Phonetic Spelling
tig-GREE-dee-uh
Description

The vibrant two-toned blooms of the Tigridia are 3" to 6" wide.  The flared flowers are vividly colored in shades of white, pink, red, orchid, yellow or orange with contrasting center spots.  There are 3 large petals flanking three small petals.  The foliage resembles that of the gladiola.   Each slender stem will have several flowers that bloom for 1 day.  However, each plant has many stems, providing a bloom period of several weeks.  Best grown in full sun, it will not tolerate full shade.  

Divide the bulbs every few years, as they produce offsets that form large clumps.  

In the wild, they can be found growing in oak and pine forests as well as along roadsides.

The roots are edible.  They can be baked and have a taste similar to a sweet potato.  If eaten raw in can emit a burning sensation.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  If the roots are eaten raw, can have a burning effect.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • T. pavonia
T. pavonia
Tags:
#bulb#drought tolerant#perennial#perennial bulb#corm#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • T. pavonia
T. pavonia
Tags:
#bulb#drought tolerant#perennial#perennial bulb#corm#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tigridia
    Family:
    Iridceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico and South America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edibility:
    The roots are edible.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 5 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border