The common names for the Hardy perennial Alchemilla is Lady's mantle.
It typically flowers in the summer.
Alchemilla are low growing plants. Lady's mantle has sprays of pale yellow or green flowers, and pale green, crimped foliage.
As a consequence of the plants small height they make great edging plants, and are ideal for rockeries.
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 264.
Alchemilla mollis photograph by Wallygrom.
It is best to sow Lady's mantle and other Alchemilla at a depth of 1/4 cm, with a spacing of 30 cm for smaller species and up to 45 cm apart for larger species in either the spring or autumn. Lady's mantle prefers partly shady or full sunlight as long as it is kept moist.
The soil should be well drained, yet moist with humus added. Alchemilla requires between 3 and 4 weeks to germinate. If started off indoors it is best to grow at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees centigrade for six to eight weeks, then put outdoors in the spring.
Alchemilla requires flowers to be deadheaded following blooming to prevent the plant from selfing.
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