Common Names: Tuberose, Polianthes

Botanical names: Polianthes, (pah-lee-ANTH-eez)

Availability: February through October

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 39 - 41 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.

Color: White

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 stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Native to Mexico. Common relatives include century plant, yucca, dracaena, New Zealand flax, pony tail and agave.