Summer Bulb Guide Tigridia
Tigridia Family: Iridaceae Common name: tiger flower Origin: South/Central America (Mexico) ‘El Cacomite’ named by the natives because of the mealy quality of the bulbs. The foliage of tigridia is similar to gladiolus, it produces several flowers per stalk, each seperate flower blooms for just one day. The common name comes from the spots on the flowers which look like the spots from a tiger. Tigridia Flower color: white, cream, yellow, pink, red Flowering period: July – October Average plant height: 18 – 24 inches (45 – 60 cm) Planting depth to base of bulbs: 3 inches (8 cm) Spacing between bulbs: 4 – 5 inches (10 – 14 cm) Type of bulb: corm Light requirements: sunny (PM sun) Hardiness & USDA Zones: Semi-hardy: zones 4 – 6 plant in spring, harvest in fall; zones 7 – 8 hardy with a mulch; zones 9 – 11 hardy Landscape uses: border and beds Principal varieties: Tigridia Pavonia is usually grown as a mix of colors but is also grown in single color- planting.