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An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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Jockey Caps

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Family Iridaceae
Name Tigridia pavonia
Common Name Jockey caps
Featured Plant February 2005
Etymology
Tigridia From Latin tigris meaning tiger, referring to the markings on the flower.
pavonia Named after Don Jose Pavon, 18th century Spanish horticulturalist who along with Ruiz, were charged with the botanical mission to Peru, they both authored Flora Peruviana.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Culture / Germination
  Buy seeds:  Seeds - Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

This unusual Summer growing bulb produces large flowers (15cm across), in red, purple, rose, pink, orange, yellow and white, with markings and spots in the centre. Though the flowers may suggest to some that this looks like an orchid, it is not and orchid, and is in fact more closely related to Iris. The flowers grow from a tall inflorescence that grows above the leaves. Flowers last for only one day, opening in the morning and fading by early evening. As one fades another is produced to take its place, keeping the flowering season going for over a month.

Their long pleated leaves contributes interesting texture, especially as a contrast to fine leaved plants. Looks nice with summer flowering perennials. The bulbs grow and multiply quickly, growing into a large clump in a short time.

Coming from Mexico, this plant was believed to be cultivated by the Aztecs over a thousand years ago.



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White

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White

Pink

Pink

Red

Red

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Light Yellow

Pure Yellow

Group

Group of red / pink flowers.

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