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Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1ft 8in
Max height
1ft 8in
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Alchemilla mollis

Other names

Lady's mantle

Genus

Alchemilla Alchemilla

Species

A. mollis - A. mollis is a perennial with scalloped, bright green foliage and a haze of tiny, light-green or yellow flowers in summer.


Alchemilla mollis is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Pest free

Diseases

Disease free

General care

Pruning

Once flowers and foliage become untidy in late summer, cut back to encourage new foliage. Unless you want the plant to seed itself freely, cut back the flowering stems before they seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle) will reach a height of 1ft 8in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Gravel, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Will tolerate any moist soil in sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Alchemilla mollis

Other names

Lady's mantle

Genus

Alchemilla Alchemilla

Species

A. mollis - A. mollis is a perennial with scalloped, bright green foliage and a haze of tiny, light-green or yellow flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Pest free

Diseases

Disease free

General care

Pruning

Once flowers and foliage become untidy in late summer, cut back to encourage new foliage. Unless you want the plant to seed itself freely, cut back the flowering stems before they seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle) will reach a height of 1ft 8in and a spread of 1ft 8in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Gravel, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Will tolerate any moist soil in sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Moderate/Medium

Central Valley - Low

South Coastal - Inappropriate

South Inland Valley - Inappropriate

High & Inter. Desert - Inappropriate

Low Desert - Inappropriate

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(10/10/2010)

Alchemilla mollis July 14

(06/06/2011)

Lady's Mantle

Lady's mantle

(25/06/2011)

Captured just after a rain shower (11/05/2011)

Plant in full bloom in June, picture taken in Belgium. (16/01/2012)

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