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Products > Rosa banksiae var. banksiae
 
Rosa banksiae var. banksiae - White Banksia
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Rosaceae (Roses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Rosa banksiae 'Alba Plena']
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Rosa banksiae var. banksiae (White Banksia) - The first form of R. banksiae to be described was this double, white flowered form that blooms in early to mid spring and is strongly scented of violets. It is thornless and can grow to enormous proportion, easily covering a small building or home. Can tolerate heat, frost and low to moderate watering. Plant in sun. The double, white flowers bloom in early to mid spring and are strongly scented of violets. Introduced to Kew Botanic Garden from Canton in 1807 by William Kerr and was named after the wife of the Sir Joseph Banks, then director of Kew. That this plant can grow to large proportions is evidenced by what is thought to be the largest plant of Rosa banksiae var. banksiae in the world located in the old mining town of Tombstone, Arizona where it covers 8,000 square feet of a courtyard. Hardy to zones 4-10.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Rosa banksiae var. banksiae.
 
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