West Grove, Pa.— The Francis Meilland rose is the 2013 winner of the All-American Rose Selections, marking the first time a hybrid tea rose has won the honor under no-spray conditions.
The new type is a tall hybrid with a very large bloom, strong scent and good exhibition form, bred by Meilland International and introduced by Conard-Pyle.
The Francis Meilland is named in commemoration of the centenary of Francis Meilland’s birth, and as a nod to the longstanding relationship between Conard-Pyle and Meilland International.
Conard-Pyle won the same honor last year with the Sunshine Daydream rose.
All-American Rose Selections winners are chosen through a two-year testing cycle in 10 gardens across the U.S. Judgment is based on disease resistance, flower production, fragrance and more. The rose will be available to consumers in spring 2013.