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Tuberose, the mexican flower that captivated the world

The beauty and peculiar shape of Mexican endemic flowers are incomparable to any other. An example of this is tuberose. It has captivated so many people that its beauty is used for flower arrangements of weddings and special events.

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Prehispanic tuberose

Ever since pre-Hispanic times, tuberose was cultivated, and since the conquest, its beauty and aroma spread throughout the world. Thanks to this and its scent it became the main ingredient of many perfumes of different brands.


In pre-Hispanic times, this flower was known by its Nahuatl names like amole which translates as ‘soap’ and omixochitl as ‘bone flower’. While in Mayan it was known as tixzula. Furthermore, its genus comes from Polianthes tuberosa. Which is made up of a total of 20 species.

Iconic flower

This emblematic flower of our country was imported into Europe in 1594, by the Spanish doctor Simón de Tovar. Known for being the founder of the first botanical garden in Seville.

Some time later, Holland took a monopoly on its cultivation and later it was taken to Italy and France. Thus leaving a large footprint throughout the world.

The tuberose flower is usually collected in the months of July and August, when its bud is newly opened. And it is until September when it begins to produce flowers again.


Despite not being so well known in the country, it is highly widespread within floriculture. A very peculiar characteristic of tuberose is that its smell is so strong that very few perfumers dare to work with it. This is because in the Renaissance it was speculated that its aroma intoxicated young women and ‘stained’ their honor.

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