Unexpected People With Roses Named After Them

Dolly Parton, say hello to George Burns and Abe Lincoln
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Freddie Mercury and Paul McCartney are just two of the celebrities who are namesakes of roses.   (?dougtone)
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(Newser) – Valentine's Day makes people think of roses. And when you think of roses, you think of ... George Burns, naturally. Maybe not, but the late comedian does have a variety of rose named after him. Mental Floss tracks down nine—actually, eight—more celebrities who've lent their names to the flower:

  • Dolly Parton
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Santana
  • Paul McCartney

  • Amelia Earhart
  • Julia Child
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Abraham Lincoln, namesake of no fewer than four cultivars
  • Chevy Chase—but this one is named for the town in Maryland, not Clark Griswold's alter ego

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