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Polianthus tuberosa

Thomas Jefferson wrote to his favorite nurseryman, Philadelphia's Bernard McMahon, "I have an extensive flower garden, in which I am fond of placing handsome plants or fragrant. Those of mere curiosity I do not aim at . . ." Tuberose was popular in the early Nineteenth Century for the almost cloying sweetness of its flowers, and McMahon sent double Tuberoses to Monticello in 1807. They flowered on August 12, and on November 9, Anne Cary Randolph, Jefferson's granddaughter, reported that "we shall have plenty of them for the next year." Tuberoses were so common that they were noted as being naturalized in eastern Virginia by Williamsburg's John Custis in 1735.

Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Aug 2 to 2001 Nov 152002 Aug 9 to 2002 Oct 112004 Jul 29 to 2004 Oct 262005 Aug 16 to 2005 Nov 152006 Jul 20 to 2006 Oct 42007 Sep 28 to 2007 Oct 122008 Aug 15 to 2008 Oct 132010 Sep 1 to 2010 Nov 12011 Aug 8 to 2011 Oct 132012 Aug 7 to 2012 Nov 142013 Aug 21 to 2013 Sep 112014 Aug 18 to 2014 Sep 12
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