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

For a basic description see Tigridia pavonia (L.f.) DC.  The variety conchiflora has rich yellow flowers.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

It appears to have a tendency to partially revert to type: ‘Last year all the first flowers of this showy bulb [T. conchiflora] came up crimson, resembling in appearance the old Tigridia pavonia, when, having been in flower for 2-3 weeks, all the latter flowers in a fine bed came up true.’  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  Tigridia conchiflora Sweet was figured in the Ornamental Flower Garden.  The flowers shown are bright orange, speckled red at the throat, and with a darker blotch at the base of the petals.  [OFG f.203/1854].  It is also figured in the British Florist [BF pl.12/1841], and Flore des Serres [FS f.908-910/1854], together with var. speciosaTigridia conchiflora was introduced to Britain in 1823.  [JD].  Roscoe pl.41/1831.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.425/1845].


Published Oct 19, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 05:16 PM

Shown are lance-shaped leaves and yellow iris-like flower with red markings.  Roscoe pl.41, 1831.

Tigridia pavonia (L.f.) DC. var. conchiflora | Roscoe pl.41/1831 | BHL

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin


  • Tigridia conchiflora Sweet 
Common Name

Peacock flower, Tiger flower, Shell flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tigridia conchiflora 

Confidence level high