Alchemilla mollis

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Alchemilla mollis

Lady's Mantle
Binomial:Alchemilla mollis
Type:Herbaceous perennial
Light requirements:Full sun to light shade
Water requirements:Drought tolerant
Soil requirements:Well-drained
USDA Hardiness Zone:4-7
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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Varieties[edit | edit source]

Some cultivars have been selected.

Uses[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Propagation[edit | edit source]

Division or seed, self-seeds readily.

Pests and diseases[edit | edit source]

See Alchemilla for a list of pests and diseases.

References[edit | edit source]