Tiger Flower, Mexican Shell Flower
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials
Mexican native with flashy summertime flowers. Fans of narrow, swordlike, ribbed leaves to 1 1/2 ft. long send up erect, 2 1/2-ft. flower stems bearing triangular blossoms that can be 6 in. across. Flowers have three large outer segments in orange, red, pink, yellow, or white; cuplike center and three small inner segments are usually boldly blotched with contrasting color. (Immaculata strain is unspotted.) Each flower lasts only one day, but the bloom period usually lasts for several weeks.
Reported to be a hybrid between Ligustrum japonicum ‘Rotundifolium‘ and Ligus...
Grows at a moderate to fast rate, eventually reaching 40–80 ft. tall, with a heavy-limbed crown ...
Probably one of hardiest palms; has survived brief (but not prolonged) temperature drops to 0°F/°