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Alpine lady's mantle

Alchemilla alpina

Alpine lady's-mantle (Eng.)

Alchemilla alpina is a pretty and very hardy ground-cover plant that can be found even at great altitudes, and in a wide range of habitats (moorland, alpine meadows, stream banks). It has been used medicinally as a treatment for many ailments for centuries. It is a hermaphrodite plant, meaning the seeds develop without need of cross-fertilisation and thus there are many mutations of this species.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Collect seeds from late summer to autumn (whenever ripe). To prevent self-seeding, cut back flowers as soon as they start to wither, before the seeds form.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in cold frames in spring. Move them to desired location when they have established a little bit.
Division
Divide in late autumn or spring, planting immediately where desired.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, Southern Greenland.
Natural climate
Cold and temperate interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Externally for scratches and wounds; internally for diarrhea and woman's ailments.
Notes
This low maintenance, mat forming plant can be used as under planting in mixed containers/tubs as well as on banks and slopes. It can also be used in flower borders/beds or informal cottage, wildflower or gravel gardens with the advantage of being rabbit resistant. The foliage is sometimes used in cut flower arrangements

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
Lime green, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally, pest and disease free.

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