Lady Banks Rose
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Lady Banks Rose
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Lady Banks Rose, Common Names: Lady Banks rose,
Botanical name: Rosa banksiae    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Lady Banks rose is a climbing, sprawling vine-like shrub with long, slender thornless stems. It can scramble 50 ft or more up treee, cover fences. As a standalone it form a very large rounded mound. Lady Banks evergreen leaves are compound, with 3-7 elliptic leaflets. The flowers are borne in clusters composed of many white or pale-yellow, lightly fragrant flowers, each about 2.5 cm across. The plant blooms just once a year, in late spring, but it flowers profusely, with the flower clusters covering the entire plant. Several selections from the original wild rose are cultivated. Lady Banks rose) grows wild in western and central China. It was introduced to the western horticultural community in the early 1800's, and named for Lady Banks, the wife of the chief scientist on Captain Cook's expedition.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Harwan, Kashmir.
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