Tuberose

Polianthus tuberosa

[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: Bulb Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 9, 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009931,-78.452723

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Blooming Dates 2001: Aug 2 – Nov 152002: Aug 9 – Oct 112004: Jul 29 – Oct 262005: Aug 16 – Nov 152006: Jul 20 – Oct 42007: Sep 28 – Oct 122008: Aug 15 – Oct 132010: Sep 1 – Nov 12011: Aug 8 – Oct 132012: Aug 7 – Nov 142013: Aug 21 – Sep 11