Tuberose

Queen of the night

Although the name contains the word ‘rose’, this flower has nothing to do with roses. It’s actually a distant relative of the hyacinth. The tuberose is an adorable white explosion of flowers on a stem. So adorable that it’s often used in bridal bouquets. It certainly makes its presence - or at least its fragrance - felt at night. The clusters of flowers with lots of bells dramatically release their scent in the small hours: flowery, jasmine-like and honey-ish. There is even something animalistic about the scent. The tuberose can therefore be found in many exclusive perfumes.

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COLOURS AND SHAPES

The tuberose’s collection of small white flowers stands on a long, slender stem which can reach a height of 90 centimetres. And they offer an enduring display, since the flowers last for a long time. Sadly there’s no pink or yellow version. You can only choose white, but that is more than compensated for by the colourful fragrance. They really resemble lilies in some ways…

SYMBOLISM

The tuberose symbolises new creations and dangerous pleasures. Let’s opt for the former! White represents purity , peace and innocence. It protects against evil spirits, so don’t place your bouquet in a vase, but always carry the flowers with you.

ORIGIN

This scent explosion originates from Mexico, and subsequently conquered Morocco, Egypt and China. In the 17th century the tuberose was exported to Europe from India. It instantly became a favourite ingredient for various perfumes. The flower was also very popular at the French court. Madame de La Vallière, one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, wore the tuberose in corsages and in her hair.