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Polianthes tuberosa ‘Pearl’, PEARL DOUBLE TUBEROSE, 1870 Just as blissfully fragrant as ‘Mexican Single’, ‘Pearl’ is a bit shorter, later-blooming, and double, with pale pink buds that open into flowers like tiny gardenias. Discovered by NY nurseryman John Henderson in 1870, it became a Victorian favorite, often sold under the name ‘Excelsior’. Hardy in zones 8a-11b

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days of wine and roses

The Victorians must have been among the latter: they forbade young girls of inhaling the scent of tuberose in the fear they might have a spontaneous orgasm!

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The Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a perennial plant related to the agaves, extracts of which are used as a middle note in perfumery. The tuberose is a night-blooming plant, with fragrant waxy white flowers, and is thought to be native to Mexico along with every other species of Polianthes. In Mexican Spanish the flower is called Nardo or Vara de San José. - Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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