Classification: Hybrid Tea Rose
Bred by Francis Meilland (pronounced "Mey-Yand"), France 1935
Petal count: 40 – 45
The rose variety, “Peace” is one of the most well-known and most popular roses of all time. By 1992, over one hundred million plants had been sold since its introduction in 1945.
This historic rose was hybridized in France by Francis Meilland on June 15, 1935 and further developed until 1939. It was then that Meilland decided to send cuttings of the rose to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States because he foresaw the likely invasion of France by Germans. Budwood from the plant was sent away on some of the very last planes to leave France before the German occupation of World War II.
The rose was introduced to the market in France, Germany, and Italy in 1942 despite the ongoing war. It was introduced in the U.S. in April 1945 by the Conard-Pyle Company coincidently on the same day that Berlin fell and the war was declared over.
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