Alchemilla

Lady's Mantles
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Genus:Alchemilla
Family:Rosaceae
Type:Perennials
Weediness:Some species self-seed freely
Pollination:Insects

Alchemilla is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the Rosaceae, commonly known as Lady's mantle. There are about 300 species, the majority native to cool temperate and subarctic regions of Europe and Asia, but a few species are native to the mountains of Africa, North America and South America.

DescriptionEdit

Rhizomatous, ground-covering plants with palmately veined, usually lobed leaves.

Growing ConditionsEdit

Humus rich, moist, but well-drained soils, sun to part shade.

SpeciesEdit

Cultivated species include:

UsesEdit

Prinarily grown as ground covers or container plants, but also grown for cut flowers and herbal gardens. Some species are also adapted to rock gardens.

Uses in herbalism include a leaf decoction is used to treat sore eyes, sore skin and also to staunch bleeding. An infusion is used to regulate periods.

MaintenanceEdit

Cut back flowers to encourage further blooming. Can be cut back to the ground in midsummer to spur new foliar growth.

PropagationEdit

Division or seed.

Pests and DiseasesEdit

Powdery Mildew

Leaf Spots

Caterpillars

Slugs and Snails

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