Tigridia pavonia

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Tigridia pavonia
Tigridia pavonia flower.jpg
A yellow-flowered form
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Iridoideae
Tribe: Tigridieae
Genus: Tigridia
Species: T. pavonia
Binomial name
Tigridia pavonia
(L.f.) Redouté[1]

Tigridia pavonia is the best-known species from the genus Tigridia, in the Iridaceae family. Common names include jockey's cap lily,[3] Mexican shellflower[4] peacock flower,[4] and tiger flower.[4] The species is widespread across much of Mexico as well as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The species is also considered naturalized in Ecuador and Peru.[4][5]

It is very popular as an ornamental plant among lovers of interesting flowers. The blooms come in a variety of colours. They open early in the morning and are already closed around 5 P.M. when dusk begins to fall. Every day a different bloom is opened. The plants that are grown from seeds bloom in the first year after they are sowed.


  1. ^ "The International Plant Names Index, entry for publication Les Liliacées".  which states that the author of the plant names is Redouté and not de Candolle
  2. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Books, M.; Limited, M.B.P. (2004). Growing Bulbs. Murdoch Books. ISBN 9781740455206. 
  4. ^ a b c d "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families