Tiger Flower Mix (Mexican Shellflower, Tigridia)
12-18" tall. Tiger Flowers (also known as Mexican Shell Flowers) are native to Mexico and Guatemala. As their botanic name Tigridia (meaning “tiger-like”) suggests, they will bring a rainbow of bright color to your mid-to late summer garden. Tiger Flowers are 3-6 inches wide with three single-color petals radiating alongside smaller patterned petals. The shell or tiger-patterned center contrasts with the simple petals creating a dramatic presence in the flowerbed. The foliage is pleated adding an extra dimension of interest. Hardy in zones 8-10, plant as annuals in cooler areas.
Plant Tiger Flower bulbs in the spring in a sunny, warm location. Growing to 12-18 inches tall, plant groupings throughout your perennial bed for maximum effect. Tigridia’s flowers last just one day, similar to a day lily, but its continuous parade of blooms will keep you in color for several weeks.
|Common Name||Tiger Flower Mix (Mexican Shellflower, Tigridia)|
|Botanical Name||Tigridia Mix|
|Zones||8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||12-18" tall|
|Bulb Size||9+ cm|
|Bulb Spacing||9 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant 2-3" deep|
|Bloom Time||Mid to late summer|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil|
|Additional Information||Hardy in zones 8-10|
|Ideal Region||Southeast, Southwest, West|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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