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Vineland releases third rose and Canada Blooms’ 2021 Plant of the Year

October 31, 2020  By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (edited)

Aurora Borealis (Photo: Vineland Research & Innovation Centre)

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has released their third addition to the 49th Parallel Collection of bred-in-Canada roses for gardens and landscapes.

Named Aurora Borealis, the rose has already been declared 2021 Plant of the Year by Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest garden and flower festival, for the organization’s 25th anniversary.

“Aurora Borealis will be a stunning addition to any garden from St. John’s to Victoria, as more and more Canadians rediscover a passion for gardening during this unprecedented time”, says Ian Potter, president and CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland).


Named for the Northern Lights, this rose captures the bright dancing lights of the aurora in its dramatic, sunset pink blooming clusters set against dark green and glossy foliage. Aurora Borealis is low-maintenance and grows to one metre tall with a one-metre spread. It’s also black spot resistant and winter hardy across Canada.

Aurora Borealis will be available in gardening centres and greenhouses throughout Canada in time for the 2021 growing season. It succeeds Chinook Sunrise, released in 2019 and Canadian Shield, the inaugural release in Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection that was unveiled for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection is the result of a national rose breeding program in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Roses are selected following field trials throughout Canada through this partnership.

Find more information at including retail partners across the country.

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