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'Lila Banks' rose Description
'Lila Banks' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
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HMF Ratings:
19 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD-.  
Mauve or mauve blend Shrub.
Registration name: Riplila
Bred by Robert Neil Rippetoe (United States, 2002).
Hybrid Banksia, Shrub.  
Lavender.  Moderate, clover, opinions vary fragrance.  5 to 7 petals.  Average diameter 2".  Small to medium, single to semi-double, flat bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium buds.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, mounded.  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 3' (90 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for container rose or specimen.  Benefits from winter protection in colder climates.  can be grown as a shrub.  flowers drop off cleanly.  heat tolerant.  prefers dry climates.  prefers full sun.  prefers warmer sites.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to disease, susceptible to blackspot , susceptible to Mildew.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.  Feed this rose well.  Prune lightly or not at all.  Requires good cultivation if it is to perform its best.  Resist the urge to prune this rose too heavily -- it doesn't like it!.  
Breeder's notes:
Tender and only moderately vigorous. This hybrid is still being tested for climactic adaptability. From the parentage I would assume it to only be hardy in zones 7 and higher. Scent is reminiscent of new mown hay.

Foliage is often elongated and sometimes somewhat distorted. The banksia ancestry is especially evident on basals and new growth.

This hybrid is directly descended from the same Rosa banksiae banksiae listed as the, "World's Largest Rose", as described by the Guinness' Book of World Records, located in Tombstone, AZ.
Good repeat, moderately thorny, fertile as pollen parent with tetraploid seed parents. Large pollen size indicates fertility may be possible with pentaploids and hexaploids. A percentage of seedlings produced will exhibit diminished vigor due to aneuploidy

OP hips set on the more mature specimens. OP seedlings have been produced using this variety.

Ploidy is triploid. Confirmed 02/12/05 by David Zlesak.

For information on pollen parent see "The Monster".
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