Alchemilla acutiloba Steven
Alchemilla glareosa hort.
Alchemilla major auct.
Alchemilla montana Schur
Alchemilla pilosissima (Schur) Simonk.
Alchemilla pontica (Buser) K.Malý
Alchemilla vulgaris acutiloba (Steven) Nyman
Alchemilla vulgaris major Boiss. & Buhse
Alchemilla vulgaris pilosissima Schur
Common Name: Lady's Mantle
Flowering plant in The University of Helsinki Botanical Garden in Kaisaniemi
Photograph by: Anneli Salo
Alchemilla mollis is a herbaceous perennial plant forming a dense mat of leafy growth 15 - 30cm tall from a spreading, woody rootstock. Erect flowering stems 30 - 45cm tall are produced in late spring to summer[
This species is not the medicinal plant Lady's Mantle. It is grown in gardens as an ornamental ground cover[
]. The tendency of the leaves to retain moisture beads after a rain shower is considered to be a unique and attractive ornamental feature of the plant[
The plant freely self-seeds in the garden to the point of spreading aggressively in optimum growing conditions[
]. Although we have seen no specific reports of the plant invading native environments, perhaps the plant should not be introduced into any areas where it is not currently present[
Eastern Europe - Ukraine, Romania; Western Asia - Turkey.
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Succeeds in full sun to part shade, preferring part afternoon shade in areas with hot summer[
]. It is easily grown in an average, medium, well-drained soil[
The plant freely self-seeds in the garden to the point of spreading aggressively in optimum growing conditions. Prompt removal of spent flower stems will not only prevent self-seeding but may also encourage a sparse, late summer rebloom[
There are several plants known as Lady's Mantle. This species is often grown as an ornamental and ground cover in gardens, but is not a species that is used medicinally (see Alchemilla alpina and Alchemilla xanthocera)[
The plant spreads nicely and makes an attractive ground cover in open areas and light shade.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 16°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on a cold frame for their first winter, planting out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn. The divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, though we find it best to pot them up and keep them in a sheltered position until they are growing away well.