Ferrarias tigridia or tiger flowers produce stunning, unusual exotic flowers known to only last a day before being replaced by a succession of many more flowers. Inexpensive, these striking beauties native to Mexico are perfect for the front of the border and truly deserve to be more widely grown. Try mixing with crinums or galtonias.
Plant around 10-15 cm deep in well-drained, fertile, sandy soil in full sun — allowing around 75 bulbs per square meter. Provide mulch over winter in frost-prone areas or lift the bulbs in autumn and store in sand.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, ferrarias tigridia do not suffer from any serious pest problems. However, they can be prone to viruses which can cause a number of issues ranging from the appearance of deformed leaves and flowers to colour patterns and streaking. It is advisable to lift and destroy any affected plant at first sight.