Tigridia pavonia heat resistance

Tony Avent tony@plantdelights.com
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:33:09 PDT

We are growing the Yucca Do Mexican strain of Tigridia pavonia, which 
are still in full flower after our 3rd straight week of 100+ degree F. 
temperatures.  I sure wish they had sold better when we offered them for 
sale.  The Dutch strain are a bad joke in hot climates.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
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Dennis Szeszko wrote:
> In my experience, Tigrida pavonia is not used to temperatures over 95
> degrees.  The plants originate from temperate forests at roughly 1500-2500
> meters above sea level in Mexico.  I think that SOME wild-collected strains
> could be more temperature tolerant, but the Dutch varieties that are sold in
> stores have been selected to grow in Holland and are not used to high
> temperatures.
> I have a large clump of Tigrida pavonia growing in a tub from seed that I
> collected about three years ago.  These plants are surprisingly quick when
> grown from seed and will flower in two years.  There are numerous color
> forms that exist and I have photographed at least 4 different color
> variations just from what came up in my pots.  A friend of mine has been
> selecting offspring for very pale colors and he is getting close to
> achieving his goal of a white flower with reddish spots.  I will post the
> pics to the Wiki at some point.
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