Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Tigridia pavonia Accepted
Moraea pavonia Synonym
Tigridia lutea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
White
Yellow
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
4"-5"
5"-6"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Edible Parts: Roots
Eating Methods: Cooked
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: Seeds should germinate in 2 to 6 weeks but can sometimes take longer so do not discard
Can handle transplanting
Other info: self-seeding in favorable areas. Can be sown at any time of the year.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Bulbs
Other: The bulbs should be planted several inches deep and spaced four to six inches apart.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Location: Big Island Hawaii. Full sun plant benchDate: 2015-06-13
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2010-07-04
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: Mid Summer
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-07-18
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-08-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-08-17
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-04-23
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Location: Botanical garden UG, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-09-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-08-23
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-08-11
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2011-08-22
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: Mid SummerA collage of  Tigridia blooms
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-05-28
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 8, 2011 12:18 PM

Flowers last but a day, flower production continues for several weeks. Exotic and vivid. Quite popular in the Victorian era.
If north of hardiness zone, must be lifted overwinter, dried off, stored in sand at 45 - 50°.

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