Alchemilla mollis

Alchemilla mollis

Lady's Mantle
Alchemilla mollis (Fraaie vrouwenmantel bloeiwijze)1.jpg
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.

DescriptionEdit

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 conditionsEdit

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

VarietiesEdit

Some cultivars have been selected.

UsesEdit

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.

MaintenanceEdit

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

PropagationEdit

Division or seed, self-seeds readily.

Pests and diseasesEdit

See Alchemilla for a list of pests and diseases.

ReferencesEdit


Last modified on 2 July 2009, at 22:07