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Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis

Also known as

Alchemilla Grandiflora Hort., Garden Lady's-Mantle

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images

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Overview

Alchemilla mollis is a herbaceous perennial also known commonly as Lady's Mantle. A low maintenance, spreading, plant that has pretty, light green foliage, makes it a great ground cover species. Leaves are softly hairy and they have scalloped and toothed edges. Flowers appear in the summer. They form a haze of tiny yellow blooms which grow in sprays above the foliage. Lady's Mantle is a good choice for a range of light levels - it can grow in full sun to full shade, making it a useful plant for areas where other plants struggle. Water droplets/beads remain on the leaves after rain, trapped by the hairs. These were once believed to be the purest form of water and used by alchemists in their quest to turn base metal into gold!

Common problems

Generally pest & disease free

    Harvesting

    Seeds can be collected in late summer/early autumn.

    Propagation

    Division

    In late summer/early autumn.

    Seed

    Press into soil and lightly cover. Germination usually occurs within 4-5 weeks, at 15-20° C. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag with plenty of air and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Return to15-20° C. to germinate.

    Special Features

    Ground cover

    Attractive leaves

    Attracts butterflies

    Attractive flowers

    Uses

    A mound-forming habit makes this plant great for under-planting either in tubs/containers or on banks & slopes. It works as edging in flower borders/beds as well as wildflower meadows, woodland settings or cottage style gardens. The flowers can be used for flower arrangements.

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