Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Vigorous growth to 12 in. tall and about a foot wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Cottage Garden Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:al-kem-ILL-uh MAW-liss
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 31 - 43
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Vigorous growth to 12 in. tall and about a foot wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Yellow
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasLady's mantle is a traditional component of the English perennial border. It also does well popping out between large flagstones or in crannies along the base of old walls. These plants are wonderful in masses within a naturalistic setting offering unique textural variations to wild garden compositions. Ideal for water garden edges and nooks and crannies of moist waterfalls and pools. Makes a casual edging for walks and path and is also charming in red clay pots.
Companion PlantsThis perennial is well matched with Abbey Road Great Masterwort, (Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'), Volcano Pink Red Eye Phlox, (Phlox paniculata 'Barthirtyfive'), Fanal Astilbe, (Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal') and Farmington New York Aster, (Aster novi-belgii 'Baldco').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The genus contains about 200 species all native to the north temperate zone. This species is native to northern Europe and is well known in English gardens where it thrives in cooler temperatures and rainfall. Its common name refers to the leaves which resemble cloaks worn by medieval women, or that of the Virgin Mary. It's alchemical connections kept lady's mantle in the folk healer's pharmacopoeia as a remedy for a wide variety of ailments from bleeding to dysentery. It's medicinal value is connected to tannin concentrations in the plant
Lore:
Alchemilla was so named because its natural silvered leaf was thought to influence metals in the ancient art of alchemy.