Tiger Flower Facts
- Tiger Flower serves as one of the common names for the rather stunning Tigridia pavonia. It also goes by the names Mexcian Shell Flower and Jockey’s Cap.
- This gorgeous flower represents only one of roughly twelve species classified in its genus, all of which rank as equally beautiful to behold.
- Amazingly, the beauty remains short-lived. While each plant produces multiple stems, individual blooms open for only a single day.
- Due to its brilliant and varied colors, this marvel of Nature has become quite popular as an ornamental plant in many parts of the world.
Tiger Flower Physical Description
The gorgeous Tiger Flower remains a pleasure to look upon. Its brilliant blooms develop as two-tone, always presenting the world a combination of two lovely colors.
Even more fascinating remains the fact that each individual bloom on the same plant often displays different color combinations. Most commonly, the two-tone flowers incorporate pink, white, red, orchid orange, and yellow.
When open, the large blossoms, consisting of three single-color petals, may reach 6 in (15 cm) across. These flank three smaller petals spotted with a second color.
Each stem develops quite slender and long, often reaching a length of as much as 24 in (60 cm). The foliage consists of upright, bladed leaves, colored a light green.
Species: T. pavonia
Tiger Flower Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Through the actions of humans, it has now also become naturalized in the countries of Peru and Equador.
In its natural habitat, this incredible species most typically appears in forests, usually with a high ratio of either oak or pine. It also appears along roadsides and other semi-wild habitats.
Its gorgeous, two-toned blossoms open early in the morning, and close in the early afternoon, lasting only a single day. Yet, each day a different bloom will open. Thus each plant blooms for an extended period.
This amazing flower grows from either small seeds or slightly larger bulbs, and in prodigious numbers. The bulbs themselves remain edible.
In fact, in the past, the Indigenous Peoples within its habitat range considered the roasted bulbs a delicacy, possessing a chestnut-like flavor.