Alchemilla mollis is a herbaceous perennial also known commonly as lady's mantle. This low maintenance, spreading plant has pretty light green foliage, making it a great ground cover species. Leaves are softly hairy and have scalloped and toothed edges. Flowers are produced in the summer, they form a haze of tiny yellow flowers which are produced in sprays above the foliage. This is a good choice for a range of sun levels, it can grow in full sun to full shade, making this a useful plant for partially shaded 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 collected by alchemists to be used in their quest to turn base metal into gold.
Seeds can be collected in late summer/early autumn.
In late summer/early autumn.
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.
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
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.
Generally pest & disease free