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Mexican shell flower

Tigridia spp.

Also known as

Tiger flower, Peacock flower, Flower of Tigris

Tigrida pavonia by NoahElhardt (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Mexican shell flower Overview

Tigridia is a genus in the Iris family, Iridaceae. It contains around 59 bulbous flowering plants from the Iridaceae family, native to the Western Hemisphere. One species, in particular, Tigridia pavonia is often cultivated for its showy, brightly-coloured flowers and goes by the names Peacock Flower, Tiger-Flower, Shell Flower or Aztec Lily. These plants need a period of dormancy over winter. In cold regions, their corms or bulbs should be lifted, dried and stored in sand until spring when they can be repotted or planted out.

How to propagate Mexican shell flower

Division

Seed

Special features of Mexican shell flower

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Mexican shell flower

Grown for their highly colourful but short-lived flowers.