Peacock Lilies are vain!
A rich, tantalisingly exotic, exquisitely formed and mesmerisingly beautiful flower disports itself above emerald green, sinuous and slender foliage.
You will gasp at the sheer perfection.
Such unadulterated exuberance is, unfortunately, fleeting as the flower only lasts for a day. Thankfully the plant just can't get enough of itself so will send out a new bud and repeat the display over and over again until the supply of buds is exhausted - even peacocks lose their tails after mating.
Growing at 2,700 metres in the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala these Iris relatives need sharp drainage.
With just a little care, Tigridias are long-lived plants but, as is the case with all bulbs, watering properly is crucial for success. Every four to five days they must be watered deeply, to root level, to ensure that they receive enough moisture; conversely any hint of waterlogging will see their swift demise.
Tigridia bulbs are planted in spring, flower in midsummer and go dormant in winter.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Orange, red, yellow
Moist, light, well drained