TIGRIDIA Tiger Flower

Just when you think that all the bright flowers have gone, Tigridia comes into bloom at the end of summer. The flower is a thing of exotic beauty. Measuring about 4 in. across, the 3outer petals are large and single-coloured-white, yellow, mauve or red. The 3 inner petals are small and splashed with dark red and purple. The throat is also blotched – hence the common name. Plant it in the spring and lift in October. Keep the corms in dry peat or sand.

VARIETIES: T. pavonia is the only species grown. It is hardy in sheltered sites in mild areas – leave it in the ground if you are brave, lucky and knowledgeable. The blooms last only for a day, but they are borne in succession.

SITE AND SOIL: A well-drained, sheltered spot in full sun is essential.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time April. Planting depth 4 in.

Spacing: 6 in. Height 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Remove offsets when plants are lifted in autumn. Replant in spring.

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