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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)
Bag of 25

Price: $26.95

Sale: $20.22

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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
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
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Containers
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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Reviews

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Mexican Shellflower Bulbs
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

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 (4)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Vibrant flowers all over the garden!

    By 

    from Eatontown,NJ

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Incredible Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

        I planted these in many locations. All came up and provided a succession of flowers from each pod, usually lasting one day. Gorgeous!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING BEAUTIFIL FLOWERS

        By 

        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

        Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

        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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful

        By 

        from Michigan

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Plant And Forget

        Cons

        • Must Be Lifted In The Fal

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

          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 

          from Springfield, MA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Low Yield Bulbs

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

              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 

              from Boise Idaho

              Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

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

               
              5.0

              These are my new favorite flower!

              By 

              from Somerset, Ma

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              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

              Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

              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 

              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

                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 

                from Mountlake Terrace, WA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Slow to naturalize

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area
                • Sun

                Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

                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!!

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Appreciative flower heads

                By 

                from Riverside, CA

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

                  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.

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