WASHINGTON — The House, turning up its nose at the claims of other blossoms, voted today to make the rose America's national flower.
The Senate passed the rose resolution a year ago and it now goes to President Reagan's desk.
More than 70 bills have been introduced over the decades to promote the cause of one flower or another.
The most eloquent congressional campaign on behalf of a candidate for national flower was waged by the late Senate Majority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.) who year after year sought to convince his colleagues of the merits of the marigold.
Now the rose has won the day.
Dirksen would hardly have rejoiced.