"Banshee" rose Description
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Found Rose, Damask, Shrub, Species Cross.
Pink. Strong fragrance. Very double bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Glandular sepals, leafy sepals, long sepals, decorative buds.
Suckers on its own roots. Medium green foliage.
Height of 4' to 10' (120 to 305 cm).
USDA zone 3b and warmer. Very hardy. Blooms tend to ball in wet weather. shade tolerant.
Ploidy determined by Ellen Roundey at Texas A&M University, 2016
"Banshee" is the common collective name given to a number of found roses. Rev. Douglas T. Seidel states he has seen 9 different variations (see References) and equates it to R. rapa. Leonie Bell believed 'Banshee' is the gallica 'Baron Louis' by Vibert (see references). Newer investigations (Stefan Lura and others) show that it is a turbinata identical or similar to 'Rosa x suionum' in Sweden, 'Mustialan Ruusu' in Finland and 'Dornenlose Kreiselrose' in Germany.