Tigridia, commonly known as Mexican Shell Flower or Tiger Flower, is a genus of bulbous perennial plants native to Mexico and Central America. This genus is a part of the Iris family and is prized for its unique and vibrant flowers.
Size: Tigridia displays an upright growth habit, usually reaching a height of 18-24 inches (45-60 cm). The foliage consists of sword-shaped leaves, similar to those of irises, which emerge from the bulb in the spring.
Flowers: The flowers are a standout feature. Each bloom lasts only a day, but the plant produces many flowers successively throughout its blooming period. The flowers are large and showy, often up to 6 inches (15 cm) across, and come in a variety of colors, such as red, orange, yellow, pink, and white. Each flower has three large outer petals and three smaller inner segments, often in contrasting colors, which gives them a striking appearance.
Bloom Time: Tigridia typically blooms in late summer, providing a splash of color when many other plants have finished flowering.
Hardiness: Tigridia is suitable for USDA zones 8-10. In colder climates, the bulbs can be dug up in fall and stored indoors over winter to be replanted the following spring.
Uses: Tigridia plants are often used in borders, beds, and containers due to their spectacular flowers. They also make excellent cut flowers.
Pollinators: Pollinators, particularly bees, are attracted to Tigridia flowers. The plant is not typically a target for deer or rabbits, though this can depend on local conditions.
A key fact about Tigridia is that although each individual flower lasts only a day, each plant produces a succession of blooms, ensuring a vibrant display throughout the flowering period. Their striking, colorful flowers and easy-care nature make Tigridia a unique and rewarding choice for gardeners.