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

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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