Facts About the Peace Rose
The stunning appearance of the peace rose is only eclipsed by the history behind its name. There is little wonder that this lovely specimen is one of the most favored of all rose varieties.
The development of this rose began in 1935 by a man named Francis Meilland in France. His intuition of the invasion of France by German troops prompted him to send cuttings of his prodigy rose to several friends in various parts of the world in an effort to protect his work. Throughout the duration of the war, these friends separately worked to propagate the flower; each bestowing their flower with different names according to their own perceptions.
As World War II dragged on, the liberation of France was achieved much to the efforts and strategy authored by Alan Brooke. A grateful Meilland wrote to this Field Marshall and requested that Mr. Brooke allow the lovely rose to be named after him. A humble Brooke declined, saying that the name “Peace” would be a much more enduring name for the bloom. The name was quickly embraced, and was pronounced to be its trade name by the United States in April of 1945. The announcement coincided with the fall of Berlin; an event which became known to be the end of World War II. Gifts of these roses were awarded to each delegation of the first meeting of the United Nations later that year, accompanied by the following note:
“We hope that the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.
About the rose
With such an honorable and meaningful history, it is understandable that many rose enthusiasts favor this lovely rose. However, the plant is deserving of the many praises it receives on its own merit as well. Lovely, delicate hues that range from pale creamy yellow to warm peach, this rose holds elegant visual appeal. Long, straight stems with single blooms make the Peace an ideal vase display, as well. A profuse bloomer, the plant is hardy down to USDA growing zone 5.
This rose bush is perfect for the back of gardening beds or against a fence or wall, with heights that can reach up to 5 ½ and 6 feet tall. Medium green foliage features large leaves with rough texture that provide a beautiful backdrop against which the large 5” blooms are displayed. It is considered a hybrid tea rose; one which offers much in the way of beauty yet little in the way of scent.
Roses are not for the lackadaisical gardener, as they require a certain amount of care and attention. The bushes are planted as bare root plants in early spring in outdoor gardens, or late spring when kept containerized. The planting location should be one that receives a good amount of direct sunlight each day, approximately 6 to 7 hours’ worth. Rosebushes do best in well fertilized and well drained soil that is rich in nutrients. Aerating the soil by working it and adding well aged compost provides a hospitable environment that encourages optimal growth and blooming.
The Peace rose is one of the hardiest varieties of tea roses. Though many roses face the threat of a fungal disease called blackspot, the Peace is highly disease resistant. Even still, it is recommended to carefully monitor the plant’s health and it can be helpful to apply a fungicide on a regular basis to ensure it remains healthy.
The stunning display of the delicately colored blooms is one reason that this hybrid tea rose is such a popular one among rose enthusiasts, but even more importantly, the meaning behind the name “Peace rose” is one that hopefully all would embrace.