First Prize

Long pointed buds open into perfect 6+" flowers (petals 25+) that are made up of half swirled hues of rose-pink with an ivory pink reverse. All of this on a continually blooming bushy plant with dark green, leathery leaves that provide the perfect foil for its outstanding blooms.

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Alternate Name(s)
Specifc ARS Score 8
Bloom Type Double
Breeder Code
Characteristics Cutting, Fragrance
Specific Color Pink/ivory pink reverse
Country of Origin USA
Fragrance Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # PP 2,774
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 3-4' X 3'
Year 1970


Customer Reviews (2)

Long-Loved Favorite!Review by Karen
Of all the roses I've ever grown, this one makes me go over the moon -- the blooms are HUGE and continual. In the house where I had it growing, I had AT LEAST a dozen strangers a years literally park their car, sneak up the driveway, and *steal* a bloom -- that's how stunning this rose is. And I lived on a side street! I miss First Prize still, all these years later, and plan to plant it again right here, at this new house. The single best rose I've ever grown, when it comes to show-stopping blooms.

I will remark, I had a climbing version of this rose, that was grafted onto some other stock. Bought at the local garden center in LA, before I knew what I was doing. Can't wait to try the "own-root" variety from Heirloom Roses! (Posted on 3/22/2017)
Luscious beautiful roseReview by Carola
A friend gave me this rose as a housewarming gift 20 years ago. The blooms are huge and a rich blend of pinks. It started me as a rose gardener (now up to 400 plants!) but I still run up to it when the flowers begin to open. What a luscious delight of a rose! (Posted on 2/18/2014)

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