Common Names: Tuberose, Polianthes
Botanical names: Polianthes, (pah-lee-ANTH-eez)
Availability: February through October
Vase life: 7 to 10 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit; prolonged refrigeration may reduce fragrance
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Clustered spikes of very fragrant, one inch star-shaped, waxy flowers on stems 30 to 36 inches long.
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek words polis (grey) and anthos (flower).
Design notes: Tuberose adds mass, line and accent to many design styles. The blossoms are also popular in wedding and corsage work.
Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with only 1 or 2 of the lower flowers open and a few upper buds swelling and showing color.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.