How to Grow Alchemilla mollis Plants in your Garden

Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as Lady's Mantle, is an ornamental European garden perennial and member of the Rosaceae family (roses).

It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8, and is considered very hardy in the UK and Europe.

Ladys mantle
Alchemilla mollis, Viburnum sp photograph by K M.

Lady's Mantle grows in dense clump mounds, typically 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) in height with a two foot (60 cm) spread.

Loose clusters of tiny, star-shaped chartreuse blooms appear in June, but it is the foliage that is considered its most striking feature.

Lady's Mantle produces soft, apple-green, scallop-edged and serrated leaves.

Alchemilla mollis leaves and buds
Alchemilla mollis leaves and flower buds, photograph by manuel m. v.; CC.

The velvety-hairs on the leaves tend to hold droplets of water, which is quite eye-catching after a spring or summer rain.

This feature makes them a welcome planting along garden paths and walkways, as border fronts and ground covers, in cottage gardens, or in large containers.

Companion plants include bright yellow Day lilies, Iris, Fern trees, Lupine, Purple Cranesbill, and Peonies. They pair well also with pink shrub roses and the burgundy and purple foliage of some Salvia plants

Alchemilla mollis plant
Alchemilla mollis plant in bloom, photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking; CC.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Garden Lady's mantle

Lady's Mantle is easy to grow, preferring full sun to partial shade.

This plant prefers medium moist, normal, sandy or clay soils that are well drained.

Seeds may be sown in garden beds in the fall or in early spring so long as the risk of frost has gone by.

As an alternative, they may also be started indoors allowing enough time for seedlings to appear before they can be transplanted following the last chance of frost. Six to eight weeks is usually sufficient.

When they reach about four inches (10 cm) in height, transplant them outdoors about a foot apart in areas that need filler.

While they self-seed quite freely and need little coaxing to propagate, gardeners should keep attention on them so they don't overtake other areas of the garden where they are not wanted.

Removing spent Alchemilla mollis flowers will help control self-seeding and can encourage new blooms later in the season.

Alchemilla mollis Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Alchemilla mollis
  • Common Name: Ladys mantle
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 7; Hardiness Zone H7 (considered hardy to temperatures lower than -20°C / -4°F).
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 24
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 18 to 30
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Flower Details: Green, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Silvery
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Adaptable, 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: Rabbit, Deer
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden, Woodland 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, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, self-seeds aggressively but easy to weed out
  • Genus Detail: Alchemilla
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

Lady's Mantle plant
Lady's Mantle plant by Leonora (Ellie) Enking; CC.

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