Hybrid Tea Rose 'Peace'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peace
Additional cultivar information:(PP591, aka Bke, Fredsrosen, Gioia, Gloria Dei, Madame Antoine Meilland)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 1945
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Yellow blend (yb)

Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Beaumont, California

Berkeley, California

Cambria, California

Chowchilla, California

Emeryville, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Granada Hills, California

Hayward, California

La Jolla, California

Laguna Hills, California

Moreno Valley, California

Rosemead, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Rosa, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Fort Myers, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Madison, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Lansing, Kansas

Baker, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Boyce, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Harwood, Maryland

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Decatur, Mississippi

Auburn, New Hampshire

Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Bethpage, New York

Rochester, New York

Southold, New York

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Perrysburg, Ohio

Springfield, Ohio

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Crowley, Texas

Denison, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Houston, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Richardson, Texas

Appomattox, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Barberton, Washington

Des Moines, Washington

MOXEE, Washington

Salmon Creek, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

Delavan, Wisconsin

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 18, 2018, guycomet from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Peace has a fascinating history going back to the end of World War Two.
Best time to see a fully opened bloom is just after dawn with dew drops on it.
At one time it was voted the world's favorite rose.
Time may have taken its toll on the original vigor of the plant. Many say they have to pamper it now.
Black spot can be a problem .
I use a host of organic plant foods with this one.
My rose gardens are never without this one. Be patient with climbers. They grow slower than other climbers.


On Apr 11, 2016, LuLusquest from Cambria, CA wrote:

I love this rose. I originally had 2 Garden Party, 1 Peace and 1 Olympiad. Peace is my only survivor after about 10 years. I have submitted a photo of my Peace rose when I was in Los Angeles. I recently made a move to the Central Coast in mid-2014. The little bush has been struggling badly this whole time...leaf rust...and just struggling. Suddenly a wonderful rich green stem grew out to the right and lo and behold a bud with strong red stripes on it. ( April 2016) Didn't ever remember that. Today the bud is open and it is completely different than I have ever seen it before. A pure yellow and perfectly 'rose' shaped. Doesn't resemble the blooms I was used to in L.A. I wanted to submit that picture as well, as it is such a unique experience. I checked to make sure the stem wasn'... read more


On Dec 5, 2014, Flowerpower2014 from Boyce, LA wrote:

I absolutely adore this rose. I've read some people hate it bc it gets black spot and it does. I don't know if any hybrid that doesn't get black spot in the south though. It's December now and it still has big beautiful blooms on it. The flowers look the best now than they have all year. I still can't believe its blooming and it's almost Christmas. It's given me at least 6 flushes of blooms since I planted it in May. I would recommend this rose to anyone bc even though it has gotten some black spot the beautiful blooms out weigh that.


On Jul 14, 2014, Lagunaroses wrote:

I planted 2 of these roses in mid-May, they bloomed very well and then suddenly stopped. Is there a bloom cycle or is there something I need to do to stimulate them?


On Apr 23, 2013, 80s_child from Hayward, CA wrote:

This is very tricky rose ...when u planted in ground .. sometimes takes long time to adjust to the ground level or sometimes just dont started up for long while ..very strange rose .. but when is dose , ..gives LARGE pinkish/ creamy yellow blooms ..,looks real pretty & blooms repeatedly,but lack of scent... but in the heat of summer blooms gets smaller size & also very resident to powdery mildew & blk spots,anyway is like buying lottery ticket u win it or not & hows likes ur yard ...got mine year ago is like so so slow going but not bad!
anyway one thing when u buying it > >> Good luck!


On May 25, 2011, JAMIESMITH from Decatur, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my grandmother's favorite variety of rose. I do agree that this is a beautful rose (and a classic!) with a delicate scent. I have two complaints: first, the blooms are not very long lasting in comparison with other roses in my garden and second, the color of the blooms on my bush looks very washed out in comparison to the photos I've seen of other people's blooms.


On Apr 16, 2011, pfn from Harwood, MD wrote:

I grow two of these wonderful roses. I have no idea where they were purchased but the plants are very different.
The oldest has perfectly proportional stems and luscious foliage. This plant has somewhat smaller blooms than the newer plant but they are at least average size. The fragrance is very delicate. It is my favorite rose of my dozen or so roses.
The other has much larger blooms (truly specular!) but not quite so nice a fragrance. The stems are much thicker, distractingly so, and the foliage, like the other, is dark and glssy. Don't get me wrong it is still a lovely rose.
My point in describing these differences is just to let folks know that there are substantial differences in plants from different growers... or so it seems to me.


On Mar 18, 2011, bugtug from Marietta, GA wrote:

I am planting my bare-root hybrid tea Peace rose shrub today. I think it will be beautiful in my garden. I shall share my experience with this site after my first bloom. Wish me luck!


On Jun 27, 2010, litisk from Gold Canyon, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

An absolutely beautiful flower on this plant. I have had no problems with this plant for the last 3 years. I've even dug it up at one point because we were moving. It didn't do too well the first transplanted year but now it is robust, healthy and producing beautiful blooms. I really cannot smell a strong fragrance from this plant but the blooms more than make up for the lack of scent. You won't be disappointed with this one.


On Apr 4, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 591 has expired


On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wonderful older hybrid tea that outperforms almost all others. Great big gaudy pink flowers, good fragrance. Will bloom nonstop thru summer if deadheaded.
Yes, it will get blackspot, especially in humid/overcast/rainy periods. Just spray your roses with a milk spray or baking soda before you see a problem if you've been having inclement weather.
Fail to thrive? A lot of people complain about tea roses not taking off in their yards, a lot of people also buy bareroot tea roses which have been inadequately or improperly cared for. Buy your bareroot only from a reputable mailorder or local nursery who know, not from discount houses and box stores that don't know/care and get poor quality stock to begin with.
Or buy established container plants. Prepare your bed by tilli... read more


On May 30, 2007, kods24 from Mullica Hill, NJ wrote:

Very beautiful rose but not resistant to black spot. I have it in a good airy location, still get a little bit of black spot inspite of adding Bayer 3-in 1 for roses.


On Apr 30, 2007, ddensmore from Augusta, GA wrote:

We are in zone 8a and have a climbing peace rose that grows incredibly fast and has absolutely huge blooms (5+ inches). I did not keep up with spraying last year and all of my roses suffered from black spot to some degree or another but Peace continued to grow despite that. If you like roses and want to grow them in GA, you have to stick to a regimen for prevention of fungal disease, not to mention maintaining control over a wide variety of non beneficials insects.


On Apr 6, 2007, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

We have this wonderful rose in our small but growing collection in our rose garden. So far we have just 4 roses but will have a 5th (red climber America) in a week or so. The blend of pastel yellow and pink made this an easy choice and the fact that it is hardy to Zone 4.


On Jan 23, 2007, mcdand from Grand Junction, CO wrote:

This rose (and indeed all hybrid teas) grows easily in Colorado with only a single systemic anti-aphid/fertlizer combination treatment in Spring and occasioinal dead-heading. A great choice for our climate.


On Jul 25, 2006, spotzim from Palo Alto, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My grandmother planted our Peace Rose in 1954 or thereabouts. I first met the rose when I regularly visited my Great Uncle Frank in whose yard the rose grows. It was then (1972) nearly smothered behind honeysuckle vine and a nearby clump of Pampas grass. I didn't know it was back there until Great Uncle Frank picked a rose and put it in a vase on the table. Beautiful, beautiful flower. I still have the same rose bush (the Pampas grass and honeysuckle are long gone). It gets black spot, but that doesn't faze it. The blooms are fewer, but that doesn't worry me. This was the rose that changed my mind about roses in the garden. Buried as it was in that jungle, it produced (and continues producing) pearlescent blooms I cannot resist. Any plant that valiant is welcome to my yard.


On Mar 2, 2006, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

"Madame Antoine Meilland" is the grower's mother. It is how her husband, the grower's father, addressed letters to her from the front in WWI.

During WWII cuttings of the new rose were sent via train from the Meilland home to friends in Germany, Italy, Hungary and the United States. Meilland's hope was that at least one bundle of cuttings would arrive safely in case something happened to their gardens and stock. The cuttings sent to Hungary were intercepted and thrown out along with the mail on the same train, but the other three made it safely.

This is a gorgeous rose, very hardy for a hybrid tea, and the only hybrid tea I have in my garden. I frequently see Peace blooming profusely in the totally neglected gardens of vacant houses or burned-out hulks.
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On Jun 23, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is a classic and is a welcome sight in any rose garden. It's been the parent of many great roses and has a rich history.


On May 19, 2004, yayaqueen from Harker Heights, TX wrote:

While the 2 Peace climbers that I have on my back fence have some completely stunning flowers, I find them not at all resistant to black spot. As a matter of fact, the black spot has nearly stripped the foliage and has completely distracted attention from the blooms so far this year. We're in central TX zone 8. My sis-in-law swears it's because we had a particularly wet April this year with much more ranfall than usual. I'll give them another year to watch their performance. Sadly, I may find it necessary to replace them if the black spot returns so badly next year.


On May 9, 2004, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I'm in Zone 10, many roses grow well with us but this one is a disappointment. We don't have a disease problem but this rose starts flowering later than most as the weather starts to heat up and the flowers go from the most beautiful buds to spent cabbages in a day.The heat also seems to spoil the perfume which I remember from my childhood in a cooler zone as outstanding.
I'll probably continue to grow it, but for a cut flower only as the flowers last much longer indoors.


On Jul 20, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

My parents grew a beautiful specimen of the Peace Rose at their suburban home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the late 1950's. It flourished in the middle of the back yard in full sun for many years, sprawling over the wood pile every summer. It was the only rose on the property, as my father didn't like plants with thorns, but my Mother insisted on having it, as two of her brothers had served in the military in World War II--one in Europe and one in the Pacific, and she grew it with hope that no one would have to endure that kind of worry again.


On Jul 19, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

A beautiful rose, with a long history. But as with many hybrid teas, failed miserably for me. "Failure to thrive" syndrome with small, stunted plants, plagued by, and regularly defoliated by mildew, rust and black spot. Buds sometimes deformed and attacked by aphids. I'll stick with old and shrub roses.


On Nov 9, 2002, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

A very hardy Hybrid Tea. Flowers can be pink or yellow or pink/yellow.


On Mar 28, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

"This is the 'Peace' rose, which was christened by the Pacific Rose Society exhibition in Pasadena on the day Berlin fell. We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men's thoughts for everlasting world Peace."
-Provided to forty nine delegations of the United Nations with a single bloom. 1945

Introduced in 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II.

A beautiful rose, it's color is pale yellow tinged with pink, reminding me of a sunrise. Wonderfully fragrant.

Height: 6' Tall, 3' Wide
Zones: 4-9. Hardy to 15 degrees.
A fast grower.