Polianthes tuberosa 'Swarna Rekah'
Swarna Rekah Tuberose
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Item #: 1593
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 48" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Polianthes tuberosa 'Swarna Rekah' has an interesting history, starting in 1974 when Indian researcher M.N. Gupta subjected the double tuberose to a series of gamma radiation treatments intended to induce mutations. The result was this amazing variegated leaf tuberose selection with wide, creamy gold bordered leaves. Polianthes 'Swarna Rekah' matures into 1' tall x 3' wide clumps of very attractive foliage, topped in late October with 4' tall stalks of double white flowers. The foliage is so gorgeous, however, I really never found myself wishing for flowers. In our trials since 2000, we have found Polianthes 'Swarna Rekah' much more winter hardy than the unmutated double tuberose. Thanks to plantsman Jim Waddick for sharing this gem.