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