Alpine Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla alpina

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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

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Special features

Origin

Europe, Southern Greenland.

Natural climate

Cold and temperate interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, 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

Green, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally, pest and disease free.