Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis

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A close up of some Alchemilla mollis leaves and yellow flowers
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

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

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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.

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest & disease free
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