Tigridia pavonia (L.f.) DC. var. splendens

The flowers of Tigridia pavonia are very variable in colour.  Splendens is undoubtedly a variety with distinctive flowers.  There are references to a number of varieties in the modern literature including splendens, but I have found no specific description.  The modern splendens may not be the same as the Victorian variety of that name.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Hand written in an 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library, Sydney, inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd Dec. 1854.  [ML 635.9m].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Oct 19, 2009 - 03:47 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 05:16 PM

More details about Tigridia pavonia (L.f.) DC. var. splendens
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

Mexico, but this variety possibly of garden origin

Common Name

Peacock flower, Tiger flower, Shell flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tigridia splendens 

Confidence level medium