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Rosa banksiae alba plena - White Lady Banks Rose

Rosa banksiae alba plena will ramble over a fence or climb a tree. The White Lady Banks Rose is vigorous enough to cover a large arbor but still a little more tame than the Yellow. The White Flowers are fully double and look line miniature roses. Rosa banksiae alba plena does have a flaw, it only blooms once a year. But with such a grand blooming in early Spring and the easy care this is a regular in my gardens. Oh, and did I say no thorns. A carpet of rose petals at the end of the season. Rosa banksiae alba plena is thrifty with the water needs. I put them on the same irrigation line with the rockroses and ceanothus and they do great. At my house where there is some natural moisture I have not watered since I planted it during the rainy season a decade ago. Rosa banksiae alba plena is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar. There is a Yellow Lady Banks Rose, Rosa banksiae lutea, that blooms just before the White one. I often pair them, There is usually a week or so of flowering overlap.

Rosa banksiae alba plena, White Lady Banks Rose

White flowers of Rosa banksiae alba plena - White Lady Banks Rose. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.