Lady's mantle

Alchemilla mollis

Lady's mantle - Alchemilla mollis

Common Name: Lady's mantle
Genus: Alchemilla
Species: mollis

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained



    No garden should be without this beautiful and useful perennial. It has scalloped bright green leaves which catch droplets of water that look like quicksilver and from June to September it produces a frothy haze of tiny chartreuse yellow flowers. Its ideal planted en-masse for groundcover or edging paths it tolerates a range of adverse conditions including heavy clay and once established is drought tolerant. Alchemilla mollis takes its name comes from the Arabic meaning little magical one due both to its reputation for having healing properties and because its leaves catch the morning dew. In the Middle Ages the water collected from alchemilla leaves was believed to have magical properties.

  • Garden care: Cut back the faded flower heads and foliage in August and the plant will often produce a second flush of flowers. Alchemilla has a tendency to self-seedfreely so to minimise the spread of the plant remove the seedheads carefully after flowering.



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