Alchemilla mollis

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Alchemilla mollis

Lady's Mantle
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Binomial: Alchemilla mollis
Family: Rosaceae
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Light requirements: Full sun to light shade
Water requirements: Drought tolerant
Soil requirements: Well-drained
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7
Weediness: Weedy
Pollination: Insects
Vegetative Spread: Spreading clumps
Growth rate: Medium

Alchemilla mollis, Lady's Mantle, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Southern Europe, but grown throughout the world as an ornamental garden plant. The plant is primarily grown as a ground cover, and is especially valued for the leaves in wet weather, as the water beads up and sparkles on the leaves.

Description[edit]

The leaves are palmately veined, with a scalloped and serrated margin. The flowers are held in dense clusters above the foliage and are greenish yellow.

Growing conditions[edit]

Rich, well-drained soils in ful sun to very light shade.

Varieties[edit]

Some cultivars have been selected.

Uses[edit]

The plant has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy. Since it contains tannin, Lady's Mantle has properties of an astringent. It is also used by some as a gynecological treatment to suppress menstruation and reduce vagina irritation. No scientific studies have confirmed the beneficial effect of Alchemilla mollis as an herbal treatment.

Maintenance[edit]

Prune off browned foliage in early spring. Deadhead to prevent seeding and encourage rebloom.

Propagation[edit]

Division or seed, self-seeds readily.

Pests and diseases[edit]

See Alchemilla for a list of pests and diseases.

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