Polianthes tuberosa


Polianthes tuberosa

Unique waxy white tubular blossoms open up to 2" / 5 cm across and appear in loose clusters on the upper part of the stems. Long-lasting and very suitable as cutflowers (cut them when the spikes are half open) not in the least because of their sweet, heady fragrance. They are among the most strongly perfumed of all flowers. The Aztecs used the essential oil of the plants to flavour chocolate. Nowadays the oil is a key ingredient in many perfumes. The basal foliage is grayish-green, narrow and grassy.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid - Late Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun

What Color Will the Flower Be?


How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

8 in / 20 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

3 in / 8 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

24-36 in / 60-90 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, containers and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'The Pearl' (double flowering, white).

About the Family

Polianthes Family

Tropical Mexico.

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