Queen of the night

Although this flower has the word rose in its name, this flower actually has nothing to do with roses. Instead, it is a distant relative of the hyacinth. The tuberose is a lovely white explosion of flowers on a stem. It is so elegant and graceful that it is often used in bridal bouquets. But above all, it draws attention to itself at night, as its scent is unique. The flower spikes with the many bells spread their bouquet in the early morning hours in a brilliant way. It is floral and resembles the aroma of jasmine and honey. It even has a subterranean animal note. The scent of tuberose can be found in many exclusive perfumes.


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.


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.


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.