Tuberose

Queen of the night

This explosion of white flowers makes its presence felt at night. It fills the air with the famous jasmine and honey scent that so many perfume houses have tried to capture and bottle.

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COLOURS AND SHAPES

The small white flowers that make up a sprig of tuberose stand on a long, slender stem that can grow up to a height of 90 centimetres. There are no pink or yellow varieties, just white, but what the tuberose lacks in colour it more than makes up for with its famous fragrance. The flowers last for a long time, meaning you can enjoy the scent for days.

SYMBOLISM

White tuberose stands for purity, peace and innocence, and the symbolism means the flower is often used in bridal bouquets. It also protects against evil spirits — an excellent reason for tucking a sprig of the flower into your buttonhole.

ORIGIN

The name of this flower is misleading: it has nothing to do with the rose. It’s actually a distant relative of the hyacinth. Originally from Mexico, the flower subsequently conquered Morocco, Egypt and China, then in 17th century it was exported to Europe from India. It instantly became a favourite ingredient for various perfumes, and was extremely popular at the French court. Madame de La Vallière, one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, wore the tuberose in corsages and in her hair.