Mexican Shellflower Bulbs

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The Mexican Shellflower is a close relative of the iris, this plant produces 3-petaled, 3" to 4" flowers in a mix of colors, with striking spotted centers. Great for planting in containers and hardy in zones 8-10. It's considered an annual in all other zones. (Tigridia pavonia)

Zones 8 - 10
Advantages
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-18" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 25 - Bulb Size: 9 cm
SKU GBULB25
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.
SKU GBULB25
Common Name Mexican Shellflower
Botanical Name Tigridia pavonia
Zones 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 Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Containers
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10. Can be grown as annuals in zones 2-7.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials 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.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsMexican Shellflower Bulbs
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (5)
  • Patio (3)
  • Pool area (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful

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,...Read complete review

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Short-lived but stunning!

By 

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy
  • Stunning Blooms

Cons

  • Only Last A Day

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

Bought these on a whim and had the same "OMG, what's that?" moment as another reviewer. These blooms, though they fold up at the end of the day and that's it, are the size of your palm and just incredibly beautiful. So far, we've only had one or two in the garden at a time, but even one flower is stunning.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
4.0

So Pretty & Delightful

By 

from Cranberry Township, PA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Hotdry Area
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

    I planted these in our church garden where there is full sun all day ...... deer or rabbits chomped several ..... but the plants survived and there's a new bloom everyday ..... brings joy to the passersby as the flower is different (esp. with the 3 petals) than anything you usually see in the NorthEast ..... very showy among Shasta Daisies.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (3 of 3 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 American Meadows 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

        (6 of 6 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 American Meadows 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

        (4 of 4 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 American Meadows 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 American Meadows 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

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic addition to your yard***

              By 

              from Boise Idaho

              Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              These are my new favorite flower!

              By 

              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

              Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Bulbs:

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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a head turner!

              By 

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows 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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                When You Need Exotic Eye Catching Color!

                By 

                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

                Comments about American Meadows 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!!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Appreciative flower heads

                By 

                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

                  Comments about American Meadows 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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                  • Personal

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                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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