The "Peace" Rose

Peggi Tucker

 
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'Peace' is truly a world renowned rose. It was developed by French horticulturist Frances Meilland and originally named 'Madame A. Meilland' after his mother. Introduced in the United States in 1945 on the day that Berlin fell, officially ending the Second World War for Europe, it became publicly known by its trade name 'Peace'. The roses were given to delegates at a United Nations meeting in San Francisco that year, with a note attached that stated "We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men's thoughts for everlasting world peace".

This vigorous bush has large, beautiful flowers with 43 petals that are yellow with pink-tinged edges. The rose has a high-centered cupped form with glossy rich green leaves. The yellow buds open slowly and look lovely at every stage, with the amount of pink in later stages changing with the heat or sun. Growth is upright with a height of 4 - 6 feet and about 3 feet wide. While hardy for a hybrid tea, it may need winter protection where temperatures drop below freezing.

'Peace' has won many awards including All-America Rose Selections and World Rose Hall of Fame. Meilland International used parentage seed [George Dickson x Souvenir de Claudius Pernet] x [Joanna Hill x Charles P. Kilham] with pollen parent Margaret McGredy. This successful plant has an ARS rating of 8.1 and a pleasant scent.