Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:16:01 PDT

My experience with Tigridia has been similar to Mike Mace's. I can 
germinate the seed, but it is not a permanent addition to my collection. I 
grew some from seed and planted it out and it never returned the next year. 
In pots protected in winter (in my greenhouse) I could keep it going 
longer, but bloom was poor so the effort didn't seem worthwhile. I've had 
similar results with Cypella species although some of them have held on a 
bit longer. Flowers for most of these are so short lived that you need to 
have them bloom over a period of time to get very excited about them. Even 
if they have a gorgeous bloom, if it only happens once or twice for part of 
a day, you need to be sure you are there at the time to see the flower. If 
you are away or just didn't get around to doing a survey in the middle of 
the day, you could miss the whole event. Kind of like some Moraea species 
and Galaxia (now Moraea). The only species of the latter I've ever gotten 
to flower I never saw in bloom more than a few hours in the yearly cycle. 
Mike said the ones he grew rebloomed, but if mine did, I missed it.

Surprisingly, I had some Tigridia pavonia in my Stockton garden (central 
California) planted in raised beds of perennials in clay soil where they 
were watered in summer and got rained on in winter and they came back and 
bloomed very nicely for years. And they were probably some form of Tigridia 
pavonia purchased commercially, but that was more than 20 years ago. 
Stockton gets less rain in winter than where I live now and definitely 
warmer summer temperatures. Plus I water less here in summer. Most 
perennials would never survive.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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