'Banshee' rose References
Website/Catalog (1 May 2015) Includes photo(s).
Banshee, High Country
Shrub (Alba or Damask), origin very old.
We’ve called this shrub Banshee for years, but Denver rosarians tell us it’s something else. For now, we’ll call it "High Country Banshee". Exceptionally fragrant, clear pink, very double blooms cover this bush in early summer. Small, dark red hips and purple foliage add interest in fall. Height 6 to 10 feet, even in light shade, with excellent hardiness.
Article (website) (2007) Includes photo(s).
...'Banshee' is sometimes confused with 'Maiden's Blush' or others of the Alba clan...The bloom has alba-like qualities, but that is where the similarities end...
[The author reprints the article "Banshee: The Great Impersonator" by Leonie Bell from the 1977 American Rose Annual and adds photos.]
Book (2002) Page(s) 23.
Banshee Shrub, medium pink, very double, 1928. Rated 6.7
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 40.
Banshee Shrub, pink, Origin unknown, 1928. Description.
"Banshee: The Great Impersonator"
by Leonie Bell
...It would be cheering to report that here in Mrs. Gore [Rose Fancier's Manual, 1838] lie the answers, the names to the Banshee clan. Not so; still, one description does sound familiar. See if you agree with me:
No. 9 Baron Louis
-Shrub, very high, vigorous; branches thick but flexible; with bristles and thorns at the base, unarmed at the summit.
-Leaves, composed of seven or nine leaflets.
-Leaflets, oblong, oval, close together, smooth, pale underneath, thin, simply serrated. Flowerstalks glandulous.
-Flowers, double, middle-sized; rumpled, of a pale flesh pink or pink, seldom expanding favourably.
-Tube of calyx, smooth, top-shaped or fiddle-shaped, as if tightened in the center.
This is about as close as we shall ever come, I believe, to a contemporary word picture of the rose known as Banshee.
Book (1966) Page(s) 32.
On a 1947 trip to Europe, Dr. Skinner spent two days in Stockholm.
"The rose we know in Manitoba as Banshee was growing in several places in Sweden where it was labelled R. amoena grandiflora; probably it was brought to Canada by some settler from Sweden."
"BANSHEE - the nearest hardy rose in this class, and already well distributed in prairie Canada. Very vigorous grower and very free in bud production. Very beautiful when it opens, but so double that the petals stick and only about 25 per cent of the buds succeed in opening. Not recommended."
Percy Wright Catalogue - Hardy and Semi-Hardy Roses p. 9
Book (Jan 1946) Page(s) 32.
Banshee - A rose of unknown origin, having very fragrant double pink flowers in profusion.
Book (1940) Page(s) 15.
Banshee (Origin and class unknown.) Very double, of poor texture, pink, troubled by balling. (One of the commonest varieties grown in western Canada; sufficiently hardy for general planting.)
Book (1936) Page(s) 146.
Banshee 2 1/2 in., double, palest pink, deepening to centre. Numerous stamens mixed with petals, styles 1/8 in., separate. Very penetrating scent, like Lucida. Pedicel and calyx covered long glands, faint red. Hip acorn cup shaped. Calyx more than twice the length of the bud, densely glanded, wings over 1/2 in. long, narrow, often dividing. Leaves strong green, large for the size of flower, smooth, thornless, petiole channelled like a Tea. Stipules long, broad, serrate, edges waved. Branchlets smooth. This was sent to me from Canada under this name as the hardiest Rose grown there, I have not so far been able to identify it. It is remarkable for the penetrating Eau de Cologne scent, and will delight all lovers of scented Roses, being sui generis in this.