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Alchemilla mollis - (Buser) Rothm.

Common Name Lady's-mantle
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Moist meadows, open woods, pastures and also on rock ledges in mountainous areas
Range Native to southern Europe and grown throughout the world as an ornamental.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Alchemilla mollis Lady


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Alchemilla mollis Lady
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Alchemilla mollis is a deciduous Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.8 m (2ft 6in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. 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, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It cannot tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

A. acutiloba Steven. A. hort. Alchemilla major auct. A. montana Schur. A. vulgaris subsp. acutiloba (Steven) Nyman.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known. Although widely planted in herb gardens A. Mollis has no medicinal properties. The species Alchemilla xanthochlora and Alchemilla alpina are recommended.

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Other Uses

A good ground cover plant. Grow as ground cover in shade or or beneath open shrubs and trees. Will self-seed into gravel or cracks between paving. Great at the front of borders, as edging for paths or massed as a ground cover. A clump-forming perennial forming dense, leafy mounds of light green leaves.

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Cultivation details

An low growing herbaceous perennial plant making an excellent ground cover that grows in a clumping manner. Moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade. Shade type: Damp. Hardiness: Hardy. Soil type: Well drained,blight, sandy, clay, heavy, moist. Soil pH:5.5 to 7.5. Hardiness Zones:3 to 8. The plant tolerates close to full shade. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Dies down completely in winter.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 16c[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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Garden lady's-mantle, Lady's-mantle

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Self-seeds freely but not usually a problem.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Not Listed

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Alchemilla alpinaAlpine Lady's Mantle, Mountain Lady's MantlePerennial0.2 3-7 MLMHSNDM23 
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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