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Useful Temperate Plants

Alchemilla mollis

(Buser) Rothm.

Rosaceae

+ Synonyms

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

Alchemilla mollis
Flowering plant in The University of Helsinki Botanical Garden in Kaisaniemi
Photograph by: Anneli Salo
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General Information

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[
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
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This species is not the medicinal plant Lady's Mantle. It is grown in gardens as an ornamental ground cover[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. 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[
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Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
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The plant freely self-seeds in the garden to the point of spreading aggressively in optimum growing conditions[
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Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]. 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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Eastern Europe - Ukraine, Romania; Western Asia - Turkey.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.20 m
PollinatorsApomictic
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusOrnamental

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun to part shade, preferring part afternoon shade in areas with hot summer[
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Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
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Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]. It is easily grown in an average, medium, well-drained soil[
352
Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]
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[
352
Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

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)[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant spreads nicely and makes an attractive ground cover in open areas and light shade.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 16°c[
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Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 1.
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Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1987
ISBN
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Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. 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.

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