This semi-reptilian shrub belongs to the rose family. Rosa is the Latin name for this genus of flowers, and in turn derives from the Greek rhodon, literally "the flower of the rose". It reaches large scale covering large areas, although it requires support for it (it appears in the book Guinness for forming the largest rose bush in the world in Tombstone,
Arizona, with about 8000 m²). It has only thorns (known also by Rosa inermis, "rose without thorns") and its perfume is very subtle, violets, being one of the first species of the genus to bloom each spring.
The specific epithet is in honor of the wife of the British botanist Joseph Banks, who accompanied Cook on his first trip, and who organized the expedition in which the species was discovered for the West, because in the gardens of China, its place of origin , has been cultivated for centuries. William Kerr was the one who brought the first rose "Lady Banks" in 1807.