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Lady's Mantle

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Herb

Also known as Lady's Cloak
Alchemilla sp. (Alchemilla vulgaris, Alchemilla mollis)
Rosaceae Family

Both species of this historic medicinal herb produce attractive, low-growing plants for border and rock garden planting. Flower stems arch above foliage in early June through July.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers alkaline soils. Apply lime if soil is too acid.

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 7
Does not thrive in hot climates.

Special locations:

  • rock gardens
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Spread: 1.5 to 2.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer

Early June through July.

Flower color:

  • yellow
  • green

Small flowers are yellow-green and in highly branched clusters.

Foliage color: gray-green

Leaves are soft grayish-green.

Foliage texture: coarse

Gleaming drops of moisture gather in stem joints in Alchemilla vulgaris.

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

Forms a low fibrous clump.

Shape in flower: same as above

Erect flowerstems borne above mound of foliage.

Special Considerations
  • frost
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive - Self seeds, but not hard to control.
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Europe.
Special uses:
  • cut flowers
  • dried flowers - Fine inflorescence texture makes an excellent dried flower.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Divide plants in spring or late summer by root division.

Plant self-sows. If starting plants from seed, then sow seeds in moist, rich, alkaline soil.

Maintenance and care:
Deadhead flowers to prevent self seeding.

Cutting back and watering in summer can produce new fall growth.

Lime should be added if soil tends to be acid.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

Most commonly cultivated species are Alchemilla mollis and Alchemilla vulgaris.

Alchemilla mollis is similar in appearance to Alchemilla vulgaris but smaller and more robust. It is used in flower beds for decorative purposes.

Leaves of Alchemilla vulgaris are used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.