|Height:||30-60cm (1-2 ft)|
|Flower Colors:||brown, white, patterned|
|Life form:||deciduous bulb|
Tigridia hallbergii is distributed in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico and in Guatemala where it grows in open pine forest in moist soils in partial shade at 900-3000 m. The plants are 30-60 cm high. This species can be grown as T. pavonia. It requires a good and constant watering in summer. It is beneficial to fertilize when the plant just comes out of dormancy. In dry-summer climates, the plants are very susceptible to mites that hide in between the folds of the leaves. In winter, allow the bulbs to dry out. In the San Francisco Bay Area, this plant can be grown outdoors but it should be watered and allow to break dormancy indoors where it is warmer.
The photos below were taken by Alfredo Gómez and contributed by Rafa Díez Dominguez, from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Tigridia hallbergii subsp. hallbergii is found in western Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guatemala. The flowers are dull maroon-purple. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen in cultivation. It took 3 years for this bulb to bloom from seeds.
Tigridia hallbergii subsp. lloydii is known only from the type locality in Guerrero, Mexico. The plants are more robust than subsp. hallbergii. There are no basal leaves, and the flowers are yellow with maroon spotting. Pictures taken by Michael Hughes from seed sown January 2018, flowering in July 2020. Location is North West Wales, maritime conditions. In early growth the first leaf is basal but as the stem extends grows clear of the soil.Tall plant to 80 cm racemes in each of the leaf axils.