Tigridia pavonia - (L.f.)DC.
Common Name Tiger Flower
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Oak and pine forests, it is also frequent on roadsides and in semi-wild habitats[90].
Range Southern N. America - Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Tigridia pavonia Tiger Flower

Tigridia pavonia Tiger Flower
Physical Characteristics
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Tigridia pavonia is a CORM growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to October, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Corm - cooked[2, 46, 61, 105]. Delicious when baked, tasting like a sweet potato[K]. The corm is quite small unfortunately and so will never be more than a very tasty occasional treat[K]. The corm has an unpleasant, burning sensation on the mouth if it is eaten raw[K].
Medicinal Uses

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The plant has been used to promote fertility[200].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[1, 42]. Likes plenty of moisture in the growing season[188]. Corms are not hardy outside the milder areas of Britain and should be dug up in the autumn and stored in a cool but frost free place over winter[1]. Plant out the corms in April or May about 15cm deep[79]. In areas with cool summers the plant might not manage to develop adequate corms for subsequent growing[200]. A beautiful, late flowering corm, it self-sows freely with us on a well-drained soil in Cornwall, even very wet winters do not seem to affect this plant[K]. Plants flower in their first or second year from seed[K].
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. It usually germinates freely. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring, after the last expected frosts. If the seedlings are potted up whilst still small and grown on quickly, they sometimes flower in their first year[K]. Division of offsets in the autumn. Store the corms in a cool but frost-free place and plant them out in the late spring. It is probably best to pot up the smaller corms and grow them on in a greenhouse for a year before planting them out in the spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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