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How to Grow Alchemilla erythropoda Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Dwarf Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla erythropoda is a low growing perennial, commonly known as Dwarf Lady's Mantle.

This delicate, blue green, round leaved plant is charming because the leaves catch and hold raindrops. It grows up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide.

Dwarf ladys mantle
Alchemilla erythropoda photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking.

Due to its small size, Alchemilla erythropoda is best planted along the edge of small gardens or underneath trees and shrubs. It can also be planted in potted rock gardens.

This plant belongs to the rosaceae family. During spring and summer, it will bloom with yellow flowers that fade to red as the season goes on. It adds a beautiful color to fill in small spaces and cover the ground.

Alchemilla erythropoda plant
Dwarf Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla-erythropoda) plant photograph by Leonora Enking; CC.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Dwarf Lady's Mantle

The Alchemilla erythropoda plant can grow in many soil types as long as it is moist and well-drained soil that receives full sun or part shade.

This plant thrives in USDA zones 3-8 / UK hardiness H7.

It is fairly easy to grow and maintain as long as it receives adequate sun and moisture.

After this plant has flowered, the flowers will fade to a dark red color. This means they have finished flowering and can be trimmed off.

Dwarf Lady's Mantle
Dwarf Lady's Mantle (background), photograph by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz; CC.

To encourage new foliage to grow in late summer, water with plant food after trimming back the spent flowers and untidy foliage.

The flowers can also be dried and used for different craft projects.

To propagate this plant, either plant seeds in pots in spring or split by division in autumn.

Alchemilla erythropoda Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Alchemilla erythropoda
  • Common Name: Dwarf ladys mantle
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 8; UK H7.
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 9 to 12
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 0 to 9
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Flower Details: Green
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seedin pots in a cold frame in spring or byDivision in spring or autumn
  • How to Prune: Once the flowers and foliage become untidy from late summer onwards, shear off and new foliage will appear
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Not generally favored by deers
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Ground cover, Rock garden
  • Family: Rosaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Roses (Rosa), Prunus, Aronia, Aruncus, Pyrus, Sanguisorba, Sorbus, Acaena, Crataegus, Rubus, and Waldstenia.

  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Suitable for cut flowers
  • Genus Detail: Alchemilla
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

Alchemilla erythropoda leaves
Alchemilla erythropoda leaves photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking; CC.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Alchemilla erythropoda. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Rosa multiflora and Rosa rugosa plants.



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