Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Common Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis is a neat, low growing perennial for the front of a border. Although it prefers light shade this is a very adaptable plant that will grow almost anywhere. The scalloped velvety grey-green leaves are very fluted and trap water droplets making it very attractive after a heavy dew or rain. The sprays of star-like chartreuse flowers are produced in June. The flowers are useful as a filler in cut flower arrangements.

  • Height: 30 - 46cm (12 - 18 in)
  • Spread: 46 - 61cm (18 - 24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 2
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: early summer
  • Leaf Colour: light green
  • Bloom Colour: chartreuse
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Alchemilla mollis is an easy care perennial that adapts to a wide range of soil conditions except wet sites. It does perform well in clay. It is not drought tolerant and needs to be watered in periods of drought. After flowering a light shearing will freshen up the plant and promote new growth. It dies to the ground completely in the winter so old leaves should be sheared to crown level in the spring. It will grow in full sun but the foliage will look best where there is some protection from the hot afternoon sun.