Tigridia pavonia is the species from the genus Tigridia, in the family Iridaceae. Common names include jockey's cap lily, Mexican shell flower, peacock flower, tiger iris, and tiger flower. It’s barely hardy, and grown as a tender summer annual.
The Mexican Tiger Flower (Tigridia pavonia) or simply called the “Tigerflower”, “Peacock flower”, or the “Mexican shell flower” is one plant that should get more recognition for the garden. Since the “mexican shell flower” is a member of the Iris Family and related to the gladiolus, it is grown the same way. Its corms or bulbs are not planted until the soil warms up in spring and are dug up at frost. The Tigridia pavonia plants are especially charming grown in groups in the perennial border where they provide bright color from mid-July to September.