24 Flowers Named for Celebrities

From literature to opera, peonies to roses, there are a number of flowers touched by fame.
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Rosa 'Marilyn Monroe'

Like the legend herself, you won't be able to resist the 'Marilyn Monroe' rose—its creamy, apricot blooms put on a spectacular summer show that can withstand the heat.

Rosa 'Princess de Monaco'

Bring a little bit of Grace Kelly's elegance home with this pink-tipped, creamy white rose that the actress grew in her own garden. Don't let its delicate look deceive you, though—'Princess de Monaco' is a hardy, disease-resistant shrub with long-lasting blooms that are great for cut flowers.

Rosa 'Barbra Streisand'

'Barbra Streisand' is certainly no "Second Hand Rose." It's rumored that this lavender-hued, citrus-scented rose was picked out as a namesake flower by the actress herself.

Rosa 'Elizabeth Taylor'

Here's a rose that is certainly a tribute to its namesake: 'Elizabeth Taylor' produces breathtaking hot pink blooms on long stems, perfect for cut flower gardens. Gardeners in warm climates rejoice: the spicy-scented flowers love the heat.

Rosa 'Greta's Got This'

Unlike many of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo's silent movie roles, Rosa 'Greta's Got This' has a lot to say: the small shrub bursts with tiny, but colorful, clusters of dark red, double flowers.

Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Much like the French actress herself, this peony is absolutely divine. 'Sarah Bernhardt' is an everpopular variety that has delighted gardeners for over one hundred years, producing oversized (6-7 inches), fragrant pink blooms that are easy to grow and long-lasting.

Rosa 'Carefree Caroline'

Quite different from her famous mother's rose, Princess Caroline's rose shows off a mass of coral double flowers from late spring to fall.

Rosa 'Va-Va Victoria'

Named after world-famous tennis player Victoria Azarenka, 'Va Va Victoria' produces tiny pink blooms with yellow centers that flower continuously through fall. Try planting these small rose shrubs in mass for a trophy-winning effect.

Rosa 'Dick Clark'

With dark red blooms that open to show off charming swirls of cream and pink, Rosa 'Dick Clark' does a fabulous job honoring the late American icon.

Rosa 'Ingrid Bergman'

This deep, red rose is just as irresistible as the Casablanca star herself. 'Ingrid Bergman' is a vigorous bloomer, disease-resistant and can also be grown in containers. Introduced in the '80s, the rose was inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame by the Federation of Rose Societies.

Rosa 'John F. Kennedy'

A tribute to the late president, introduced shortly after his assassination in 1963, 'John F. Kennedy' is a classic white rose that produces 6-inch blooms that are extremely fragrant. They also tolerate heat well, making them a stunning choice for a Southern garden.

Rosa 'Dolly Parton'

'Dolly Parton' is a hybrid tea rose that blooms effortlessly from late spring until frost. Its fragrant, large, orange-red blooms are a perfect match for Dolly's fiery personality.

Rosa 'Judy Garland'

The color of The Wizard of Oz star's rose will have you saying, "Oh, my!" 'Judy Garland' delights with clusters of yellow, orange and scarlet flowers featuring a sweet scent that mimics apples.

Rosa 'George Burns'

This playful rose will surprise you with its amazing colors—'George Burns', named after the late comedian, produces clusters of yellow, red, cream and pink striped (yes, striped!) flowers. Warm climates will bring out the red in this rose while gardeners in cooler climates can expect to see more shades of yellow.

Rosa 'Bing Crosby'

We can almost hear Bing Crosby's spellbinding voice just from looking at this brilliant orange rose. Fragrant with large, full blooms, 'Bing Crosby' is at its showiest in late summer through fall.

Rosa 'Santa Claus'

Keep the spirit of Christmas going year-round with this delightful miniature red rose. Also known as 'Poulclaus', 'Santa Claus' blooms profusely, is very disease-resistant and is small enough to be grown in containers.

Dahlia 'Franz Kafka'

This unique dahlia, named for the renowned German writer and author of The Metamorphosis, features an almost perfect sphere of tightly-cupped, pink petals.

Rosa 'Cary Grant'

Ah, if only the actor himself could hand-deliver this gorgeous rose straight to our doorsteps. 'Cary Grant' has swoon-worthy orange blooms that are touched ever-so-slightly with yellow, making the flower appear to glow.

Rosa 'Nancy Reagan'

With elegant apricot blooms on a hardy shrub, the 'Nancy Reagan' rose does a splendid job honoring the former First Lady.

Rosa 'Chris Evert'

'Chris Evert' will keep you on your toes! Named after the 18-time Grand Slam tennis champion, this hybrid tea rose opens up with yellow-orange blooms that finish with a lovely scarlet blush.

Rosa 'Coretta Scott King'

A flower fit for the legendary civil rights activist, 'Coretta Scott King' makes a grand statement with creamy white blooms blushed with poppy coral.

Rosa 'Henry Fonda'

A tribute to the Academy Award-winning American actor, 'Henry Fonda' produces a mass of bright yellow blooms against dark green foliage. This large, hybrid tea grows to five feet, but don't let that stop you from growing it in a large container.

Rosa 'DIY Diana'

Watch out Diana Ross, there's a new diva in town: Rosa 'DIY Diana' steals the show with clusters of crisp, white flowers with yellow centers.

Rosa 'Amy Grant'

Amy Grant can boast six Grammys, 25 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, the first Platinum Christian album and this stunning rose, of course. 'Amy Grant' is a miniature rose with pale pink blooms that resemble a hybrid tea.