The Peace Rose
The Peace Rose is perhaps the most famous of all roses. The Peace Rose bush was introduced in 1935 by the French horticulturist Francis Meilland. The original name of the rose was Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland'. The name Peace was given to rose in 1945.
The Peace Rose is a hybrid tea rose with large yellow to cream flowers. It is fairly disease resistant. Its history is fascinating and its influence on the world is significant. Francis Meilland originally named this rose 'Madame Antoine Meilland' after his mother.
It needs to be remembered that Meilland was concerned for this new introduction, with a war going on he decided to preserve this rose by sending cuttings to friends in 'safer places'. He sent cuttings of the 'Peace Rose' to the United States, Turkey and Italy when the Germans invaded France. He even sent cuttings to Germany. At the end of the war Meilland thought to name the rose after Field Marshal Alan Brooke. However Brooke thought that 'Peace' was a more appropriate name, and so on the 29th of April 1945, from cuttings sent to the Conrad Pyle Group in the USA the 'Peace Rose' was officially introduced.
Now with over 30 million Peace Roses around the world and roses such as 'Double Delight' owing its heritage to the 'Peace Rose'.
Meillands Peace Rose stands the test of time, not only as a symbolic favourite, but as a great rose in its own right.
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