A Mexican plant with heavily scented white waxy flowers and a tuberous base. Unknown in the wild, it was formerly cultivated as a flavouring for chocolate; the flower oil is used in perfumery.
Polianthes tuberosa, family Agavaceae
- ‘Cooling fountains mask traffic noise, while hummingbirds and butterflies explore the charms of tuberoses, heliotrope, and other plants chosen for their sensual appeal.’
- ‘Fragrant tuberoses, jackmentias, succulent cactus varieties, the milky bush and palm varieties, including the Royal Palms, can be used for avenue borders.’
- ‘There, after tilling and amending the soil, he planted roses, perennials, and a smattering of seasonal tubers, such as dahlias and tuberoses.’
- ‘Lavender is perfect for a summer afternoon, but a moonlit evening calls for the heady scent of gardenia or tuberose.’
- ‘The most sumptuous and heady of fragrances, these feature exotic flowers like Bulgarian rose, jasmine and tuberose, as well as mysterious musks, woods and other exotic essences.’
Mid 17th century the noun from Latin tuberosa, feminine of tuberosus ‘with protuberances’; the adjective from Latin tuberosus.