Agave amica (formerly Polianthes tuberosa)

COMMON NAME

Tuberose

TYPE

Bulbs

FAMILY

Asparagaceae

NOTES

It is considered to be a cultigen and has a long history of cultivation dating back to pre-Columbian times. Growing from a tuberous rooted rhizome, it is perhaps best known for the extremely intense fragrance emitted by its waxy white funnel-shaped flowers that appear in elongated spikes atop scapes rising to 30” tall in late summer. Grass-like basal green leaves to 18” long form a grassy foliage clump.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Mexico

NATIVE HABITAT

No longer found in the wild, probably as a result of being domesticated by the Aztecs

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Agave amica