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Polianthes Tuberose

The tuberose is noted not only for its beauty but for its delightful fragrance as well. It has been commonly used in the perfume making industry for hundreds of years. Tuberose bulbs also do well when planted in pots and containers. They can be used as accents in mixed beds, planted en mass or used for borders in your garden.

Tuberose Plant Info

Tuberose flowers grow on spiking stems that stalk up to three feet high. The beautiful, white, ten-inch tubular shaped flowers grow between sword-shaped leaves. There are both single and double flowering varieties to choose from.

Tuberose is a member of the Agavaceae (Agave) family of plants. It’s scientific name is Polianthes tuberosa. It is a Mexican native and is mostly grown in the southern hemisphere but can do nicely in the north if planted in a protected sunny location. They are slow growers and you will need to have patience while waiting for them to pop out of the ground. That being said, these tropical beauties are well worth your time.

Its flower has a beautiful fragrance, which is active at night, which is the only time that this flower blooms. Due to this, tuberose is popularly known as “Night Queen”, “Mistress of the Night”, or “Raat ki Raani”, as it known in Hindi. It grows well in Central America and India and is in high demand in the countries of the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa in order to make perfume.