Tigridia (Tiger Flower; Mexican Shellflower)

Tigridia is a genus of about 35 species of bulbous plants in the family Iridaceae, native to subtropical and tropical America.
These eye-catching plants have interesting and unusual shape. They produce attractive sword-like leaves and large, showy, three-petaled flowers in a variety of colors. There is no doubt that Tigridia is one of the most spectacular plant in the summer garden!

Name meaning:

The genus name comes from the word “tigris”, which means “tiger” in Greek and refers to the spots on the flowers which look like tiger spots.

Tigridia symbolism:

Tigridia represents cruelty.


Interesting facts about Tigridia:

Tigridia Cultivars

Tigridia was cultivated by the Aztecs more than 1000 years ago.
Today, many species are cultivated for their brightly colored flowers and many of these have been bred to be used as ornamentals. The most popular species is Tigridia pavonia, whose cultivation is the same as that of the Gladiolus.

Benefits and Uses

Tigridia pavonia was used by the Aztecs as a medicine to treat infertility.

Some species are edible and have been eaten by Mexican tribes for centuries.
For example, Tigridia pavonia was grown by the Aztecs for its edible purposes. The bulbs were used as a food source and were known as “cacomitl”.

 

Plant Type:

Bulbs

Color:

The flowers may be red, yellow, white, cream, orange, scarlet, pink and mauve.