Honor roseThe Honor rose has been called the most beautiful white rose available! Look into whether it will work for your garden.

I’ve seen several dates for the release on this one. 1976, 1978, or even 1980. I believe 1976 to be correct. We do know that it was originally bred by Warriner. You may also see this rose sold as the JAColite, Silver Medal, Michele Torr, or Honour.

Some gardeners have said that this is the best white hybrid tea rose in the world. They make some great arguments. This rose grows nearly straight up with stems 2-3 feet in length, perfect for a vase. There are few extra buds on the sides so it looks great as a cut flower. It also has a mild and sweet scent and will bloom throughout the season.

However, this flower tends to do well under warmer conditions. It’s rated from zone 5 and up but think strongly about getting winter protection if you are in a colder climate. In addition to that, it is a little weak against blackspot and  fungus so it might do better in warmer/drier climates. 

  • Class: Hybrid Tea
  • Origin: Breeder William A Wariner, 1976
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Blooms: Large, double, pointed buds. Mild fragrace, blooms in flushes
  • Parentage: Unnamed x unnamed