Tuberose

Polianthes tuberosa or Tuberose produces heavily fragrant, white tubular flowers in late summer on 3' tall stems. It is a good, easy to grow bulb (especially in containers) that is well adapted for the Central Florida climate. The double flowered "Pearl" (picture to the right) is considered by many to be less dependable in Florida than the single type (although my experience is the opposite).

If you are going to pull the bulbs in the fall, wait until the leaves have turned yellow to give the plant time to recuperate from the flowering process. Tuberose tends to "clump", instead of producing seperate bulbs. When planting "clumps", place them in a well drained area with amended soil. The tops of the bulbs should be 2" to 3" below the surface.

Tuberose