How to Care for a Lady Banksia Rose


The lady banksia rose (Rosa banksiae), also known as lady banks rose, is a climber that can reach heights of up to 50 feet. The blooms of the lady banksia rose are yellow or white and have a delicate fragrance. This plant is hardy in zones 7 to 11 and is evergreen in zones 9 and above. Lady banksia roses will climb almost anything, from trellises to trees. They grow quickly and have very few thorns.

Step 1

Dig a hole twice the diameter and the same depth as the container the lady banksia rose is growing in. The planting hole should be at least 12 inches from the structure that you want the rose to climb.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of organic compost to the planting hole. Gently remove the lady banksia rose from the planting container and examine the roots. If they are compacted use your fingers to loosen them.

Step 3

Place the root ball into the hole and refill with the loosened soil. Pat down to remove any air pockets. Water until the soil is very wet, but not soggy. Add a 2-inch layer of mulch. Keep the mulch at least 1 1/2 inches from the rose's stem.

Step 4

Water regularly during the first growing season, whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Once the plant is established watering will not be necessary unless your region is suffering drought conditions.

Step 5

Prune when the lady banksia rose begins to outgrow available space. Wait until late summer after flowering is complete.

Tips and Warnings

  • The lady banksia grows very quickly and requires a lot of room, easily taking over large areas of your garden in just one season.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • North Carolina State University: Climbing Roses
  • Arizona State University: Rosa Banksiae
  • Floridata: Rosa Banksiae
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: A Rose by Any Other Name
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.