• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous growth to 12 in. tall and about a foot wide.
    Key Feature:
    Cottage Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.