Family: Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Alchemilla mollis

Common Name: Lady's Mantle


Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) A good plant for mass planting in the semi-shaded areas of the garden.

Plant TypeAll Plants, Perennials Hardy, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone4-7
Sunlightbest for me in semi-shade, although I have seen it listed as a full sun plant
Moistureprefers moist, tolerates average
Soil & Siteprefers moist but tolerates average, leaves may scorch in the hotter parts of the summer if not provided with some additional moisture.
Flowersapetalous, chartreuse, starry, held above the foliage, blooming early to mid June
Leavesrather large for the plant, have a scalloped edge, soft and a light green, can hold water in the center creating interesting liquid patterns
Dimensions12" high by 12"-18" spread
MaintenanceAfter the bloom period the flower stalks should be removed, since they will distract from the foliage. Also cleaning of the dead leaves.
Propagationdivision in the spring
Misc FactsThe tendency of plant leaves to retain moisture beads after a rain is considered to be a unique and attractive ornamental feature.
Author's NotesI have used this many times in shaded moist gardens and they are totally hardy to zone #5. A nice ornamental feature is how the water puddles on the leaves
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills)
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