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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Mexican Shellflower Mix

 

Regular Price: $27.98

Sale $13.99

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Tiger Flowers, also known as Mexican Shellflowers, produce 3-petaled, low-growing blooms in a mix of vibrant colors, with striking spotted centers. A close relative of the iris, these 3-6" wide blooms appear on straight, green blades. Perfect for planting in containers and hardy in zones 8-10. Considered an annual in all other zones. (Tigridia pavonia)

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
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

Plant Information

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 Tiger Flower, Mexican Shellflower Mix
Botanical Name Tigridia pavonia Mix
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Green upright blade-shaped foliage.
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
Flower Size 3-6" flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to Grow, Containers
Additional Information Perennial in zones 8-10. Can be grown as annuals in zones 2-7.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

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 Mix
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (6)
  • Patio (3)
  • Pool area (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

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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2.0

I'm not sure..I out of the bulbs ordered I only had 6 bloom.

By 

from Brooklyn MI

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

    I only had 6 bulbs bloom from the 2 orders of bulbs. I bought these because I had purchased some in a box last year and they bloomed more than once and were just beautiful. these did not bloom but for the 6 and not all of them even came up.One of my favorites too,

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    1.0

    Sadly none flowered...

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    from Portland, Oregon

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    Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

    Such a shame, was looking forward to having these as a few bright spots in the bed. They all grew, looking very healthy & strong... but, not one has flowered. Quite disappointed, maybe next year?

    Service and delivery comments:

    Everything was good.

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    5.0

    Short-lived but stunning!

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    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 Mix:

    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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So Pretty & Delightful

    By 

    from Cranberry Township, PA

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    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Hotdry Area
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

      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.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vibrant flowers all over the garden!

      By 

      from Eatontown,NJ

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      Pros

      • Incredible Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

          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

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING BEAUTIFIL FLOWERS

          By 

          from Seattle, WA

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          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 Mix:

          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

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful

          By 

          from Michigan

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          Pros

          • Easy Plant And Forget

          Cons

          • Must Be Lifted In The Fal

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

            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

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Disappointing

            By 

            from Springfield, MA

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Low Yield Bulbs

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

                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 Mix:

                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

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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 American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

                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 Mix:

                  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.

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                  • Personal

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  When You Need Exotic Eye Catching Color!

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                  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 American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

                  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

                  (3 of 3 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 American Meadows Mexican Shellflower Mix:

                    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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                    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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