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Mexican Shellflower Bulbs

A close relative of the iris, this plant produces 3-petaled, 3" to 4" flowers in a mix of clear colors, with striking spotted centers. (Tigridia pavonia)

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Details:

Height: 12-18" tall
Bulb Spacing: 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU GBULB25
Common Name Mexican Shellflower
Botanical Name Tigridia pavonia
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Estimated 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
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Containers, Showy Flowers
Additional Information Hardy in zones 9-10
Ships to Canada No
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Description
The large flowers of Mexican Shell Flower are stunning with their unusual shape and clear, bright colors. Native to Mexico, this iris relative is a wonderful addition to any garden.
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  • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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Reviews

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4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden (3)
    • Outdoors (3)
    • Patio (3)
    • Pool area (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING BEAUTIFIL FLOWERS

    By Janice

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Drought tolerant
    • Easy to Grow
    • Low Easy To Grow Droug
    • Strikingly Beautiful

    Cons

    • Not A Good Cut Flower

    Best Uses

    • In Gardens Or Pots

    This has been my favorite flower for years. It has a show stopping presence and a wonderful addition to any garden. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow. Snip off the dead flower to send 'energy growth' back to the bulb. These bulbs send one one flower per day, it dies, and another amazing beautiful flower blooms the following day from the same bulb. They like sun and little management.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful

    By Ms1afive

    from Michigan

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Plant And Forget

    Cons

    • Must Be Lifted In The Fal

    Best Uses

      Got these as a bonus from American Meadows when I made an order. I didn't think to much about them because the picture doesn't show there beauty. I really did, plant and forget, about them until today when OMG a huge strange flower in my garden. I looked at the tag, I know I will order some for me and my daughter

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointing

      By Buzz the Gardner

      from Springfield, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Low Yield Bulbs

        Best Uses

          I bought 2 packages of bulbs for a total of 50 plants and the yield is about 20 flowers. The bulbs looked good but no matter where I planted them, the plants were frail and the yield was low. I'm disappointed in these bulbs. I have bought Mexican shell flower bulbs in bargain department stores that have been much better.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic addition to your yard***

          By BOO Boo

          from Boise Idaho

          These are real showy, Your neighbors will be envious of your yard! Easy to grow**

           
          5.0

          These are my new favorite flower!

          By Mrs. P

          from Somerset, Ma

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Fragrant
          • Large Bulb Size
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • Blooms only last a day
          • Short Bloom Time

          Best Uses

          • Border Control
          • Containers
          • Cut Flowers
          • Large Areas
          • Raised Beds

          These flowers are truly magnificent. Friends tell me I could win a prize for a picture of one!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a head turner!

          By Northwest Girl.

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio
            • Pool Area

            I fell in love with this plant. Each bloom lasts for a day or so but if you plant in large clusters there is always a striking blaze of color. My neighbors ask about this one all of the time.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            When You Need Exotic Eye Catching Color!

            By The Garden Lady

            from Mountlake Terrace, WA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Colorful
            • Exotic
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Unique
            • Unusual

            Cons

            • Slow to naturalize

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio
            • Pool Area
            • Sun

            Summer Blooming. Just feed at the end of spring and end of summer with a good organic bulb fertilizer and water well in the heat of summer. People who walk by often comment on their beauty and ask me what they are. Enjoy!!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Appreciative flower heads

            By Stilly

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Clumped near a walkway
              • Garden
              • Outdoors
              • Patio
              • Pool Area

              Once planted you just water and wait. They will pop up and grow to about 24" tall or a bit higher and then start blooming. Sadly they would only bloom one or two a day so I never got the full effect, but they are nice to have right by the door so when you go out in the morning they are there to greet you with the speckeled centers and unique appearance. Keep them watered and they will come back.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              How-To Guides
              Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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              Shipping

              Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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              As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

              Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

              Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
              • Garden Gloves

                Garden Gloves

              • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

              • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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