Bloom Thyme Friday: Let There Be Peace

The Peace Rose is one of the most famous and beloved roses of all time. I had this rose once upon a time, in fact … it is one of the first roses my son gave to me– which made it very special. However, during one of our particularly harsh Indiana winters, we lost it.

This week I saw an extremely healthy Peace Rose on the Lowes sale table. I thought it is time I had a Peace Rose again.


  • Yellow blend Hybrid Tea
  • Bred by Francis Meilland (France, 1935)
  • Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1945 as ‘Peace’
  • Strong fragrance
  • Very large, full (26-40 petals), cupped, high-centered bloom form
  • Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
  • Height of 4′ to 6½’ (120 to 200 cm)
  • Width of up to 3′ (up to 90 cm)
  • USDA zone 5b and warmer
  • Prune lightly or not at all

The Peace rose was awarded the prestigious All-American Rose Selections Award (AARS) for 1946, the only rose to receive this honor that year.


It was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the years 1935 to 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose. It is said, that it was sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion, where it was safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Co. during the war.

The adoption of the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced in the United States on 29 April 1945 by the introducers, Messrs Conard Pyle Co. This was the very day that Berlin fell, officially considered the end of the Second World War in Europe. Later that year Peace roses were given to each of the delegations at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, each with a note which read:

“We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.  -Wikepedia

What a beautiful history!

She is off to a great start. I’ll post more pictures when she blooms. Note… I planted her near the tomatoes, so she is sure to get plenty of water whether it rains or not!  🙂

Have you gotten any plants on sale lately?

9 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: Let There Be Peace

  1. I am a fan of Brownsburg Loews for bargain plants. Most time I get them for 75 per cent off. They need a little extra care at that price but usually I can nurse them back to health. About a month ago I stopped trying to plant them. They are sitting on my shady front porch waiting for rain and cooler weather. Bee Jones

  2. Thanks for reminding me to check out plants on sale… I love how it was your son that bought you your other peace rose. Now you will think of him when it blooms! One of my sons cuts my lawns and the other one is a great by my side helper for digging. He even prayed for my old rose garden to grow well when he was little. I kept the little prayer note. He is taller than me, now!

    Lovin’ sons and roses! ~ Wendy ( I have just thought of a new post… )

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