Polianthes tuberosa, or Tuberose, is just one of those flowers you need in your life. Now.
Definitely not one of those well-known blooms that stock every florist store; tuberose is a very unique and beautiful flower in its own right and its about time it had a bit of spotlight!
Tuberose is native to Mexico and is a highly scented night-blooming flower. Tuberose flowers are featured in a lot of religious ceremonies and in traditional Hawaiian weddings a tuberose garland or lei is often worn.
Because of its beautiful scent it has a long history in the perfumery world and has been grown in the south of France for centuries for use as a base in floral fragrances.
During the Renaissance, young ladies were forbidden to walk through the gardens at night because it is said the alluring scent of tuberose was an intense aphrodisiac. It is also said that women would put the fresh blooms under their skirts to attract men. In France, unmarried girls are warned to not inhale the scent after dark. The Victorians associated tuberose with voluptuous and sensual characteristics; however, tuberose was also recognized as a funeral flower by the Victorians and speaks of death to some.
These days we enjoy tuberose not only in perfumes, but in aromatherapy as an aid to sleeplessness & anxiety and as a stunning cut flower versatile to so many arrangements.
If you get the chance to wrap your smellers around a stem of tuberose while they're in season - then do yourself a favour and don't delay! Not many blooms have such a beautiful scent or intricate little flowers and we just LOVE them x