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Plant Profile: Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Lady's Mantle in abundance

Lady’s Mantle in abundance

If you like interesting foliage, you will find it with Lady’s Mantle. The light green lobed leaves are fan shaped and covered with hairs that catch and hold rain drops in a way that catches the eye and is worth the cost of the plant. Nice used as edger or ground cover. In addition, Lady’s Mantel has large trusses of small chartreuse flowers that are beautiful in both fresh and dried arrangements.  Lady’s mantel is an herbaceous perennial native to Asia Minor.  It is a member of the rose family, Rosaceae, that also includes apples, almonds, meadowsweet, and pyracantha.

Type: Herbaceous perennial and evergreen.

Bloom: Small chartreuse flowers borne in dense clusters on arching stems, June-July.

Size: Up to 18” H x 24″ W.

Light: Sun to part shade (tolerates more sun if water plentiful).

Soil: Average, moist, well drained ; pH 5.8-6.8.

Hardiness: Zones 3-7.

Care: Requires little care if water sufficient.

Pests and Diseases: Can develop rot in hot humid conditions of the Southeast. Use a fungicide if this problem develops.

Propagation: Division in early spring; reseeds.

Companion plants: The chartreuse flowers are particularly beautiful with pink flowers that bloom at the same time such as roses, astilbes, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Also attractive with Siberian iris

Comments: Water is key to success with this plant. It will thrive if it has plenty of water but will brown out and languish without it.

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