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Polianthes tuberosa

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Tuberose is part of the Polianthes genus. Its scientific name is Polianthes tuberosa. The botanical name epithet for Tuberose (tuberosa) means 'tuberous'.

In SF it really needs a lot of heat and sun to do well. Flower stalks are nice and sturdy/tall, but not the 6inch solid cap of flowers you can get in warmer climates.

Tuberose is a perennial plant related to the agave. It is a night blooming plant native to Mexico.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white. The mature flowers are of a funnel form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Green Haze

A type of flower / ornamental, it mainly grows as a deciduous plant - which means that it sheds leaves annually.

Tuberose normally grows with a erect habit to a mature height of 91.44 cm (that's 2.97 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Mexico is believed to be where Tuberose originates from.

Tuberose is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Tuberose have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Tuberose

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Tuberose likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Tuberose tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.5 and 7.0 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Tuberose is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips.

See our list of companion Plants for Tuberose to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Tuberose from seed

Transplanting Tuberose

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Tuberose is a half hardy plant.

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Tuberose Etymology

Polianthes means many flowers in Greek. In Spanish the flower is called Nardo or vara de San Jose, which means St. Joseph’s staff.1

Other names for Tuberose

Nardo, azucena

Polianthes single

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