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Alchemilla vulgaris

Common Lady's Mantle

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Alchemilla vulgaris (Common Lady's Mantle). This species has a more spreading habit than Achemilla mollis and can be used for ground cover or to edge a border.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Meadows, rock gardens, ground cover.

This plant was used medicinally in the 17th Century for healing wounds and infections, illnesses and to help women during pregnancy, as well as for breast reduction. The common name 'Lady's Mantle' and association with women either comes from the shape of a lady's cloak or from the shape of the mons Veneris; you decide!

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and can be grown in all but boggy soils, with sun or partial shade.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds or by division of the fibrous roots in the spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails may damage young foliage.

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