The name of this flower is misleading: it has nothing to do with the rose. It’s actually a distant relative of the hyacinth. Originally from Mexico, the flower subsequently conquered Morocco, Egypt and China, then in the 17th century, it was exported to Europe from India. It instantly became a favorite ingredient for various perfumes and was extremely popular at the French court. Madame de La Vallière, one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, wore the tuberose in corsages and in her hair.
Symbolism: White tuberose stands for purity, peace and innocence, and the symbolism means the flower is often used in bridal bouquets. It also protects against evil spirits — an excellent reason for tucking a sprig of the flower into your buttonhole.