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Alchemilla - L.

Common Name Alpine Lady's Mantle, Mountain Lady's Mantle
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadows, pastureland and woodland clearings, mainly on acid soils[200].
Range Western and Northern Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Alchemilla Alpine Lady


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Summary

Bloom Color: Green, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Alchemilla is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

The following uses are for A. vulgaris. They quite probably also apply for this species[K]. Young leaves - raw or cooked[5, 7]. A dry, somewhat astringent flavour[K]. They can be mixed with the leaves of Polygonum bistorta and Polygonum persicaria then used in making a bitter herb pudding called 'Easter ledger' which is eaten during Lent[177, 183]. Root - cooked. An astringent taste[4]. The leaves are used commercially in the blending of tea[7].

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Medicinal Uses

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Lady's mantle has a long history of herbal use, mainly as an external treatment for cuts and wounds, and internally in the treatment of diarrhoea and a number of women's ailments, especially menstrual problems[9, 244]. This plant, the alpine ladies mantle, has been shown to be more effective in its actions[238, 268]. The herb is alterative, antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, styptic, tonic and vulnerary[4, 7, 9, 21, 46, 165]. The leaves and flowering stems are best harvested as the plant comes into flower and can then be dried for later use[4]. The fresh root has similar and perhaps stronger properties to the leaves, but is less often used[4]. The plant is rich in tannin and so is an effective astringent and styptic, commonly used both internally and externally in the treatment of wounds[4]. It helps stop vaginal discharge and is also used as a treatment for excessive menstruation and to heal lesions after pregnancy[4, 244]. Prolonged use can ease the discomfort of the menopause and excessive menstruation[268]. The freshly pressed juice is used to help heal skin troubles such as acne and a weak decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of conjunctivitis[244].

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Other Uses

None known

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Border, Container, Ground cover, Rock garden. Easily grown in ordinary soil in sun or part shade[1, 233]. Prefers a well-drained acid soil[200, 238]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in dry shade[188]. Plants in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Suitable for cut flowers, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 16°c[133]. 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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Alchemilla alpinaAlpine Lady's Mantle, Mountain Lady's MantlePerennial0.2 3-7 MLMHSNDM23 
Alchemilla mollisLady's-mantlePerennial0.6 3-8 MLMHFSNM003
Alchemilla xanthochloraLady's MantlePerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNDM230

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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