Thriller Lady's Mantle
Thriller Lady's Mantle
Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller'Item #0067 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
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Vivid golden yellow flowers held on stems in open, airy sprays above the scalloped, shiny, gray-green leaves. Its creeping habit and form is valuable for edging a border or along flagstone paths. Charming in troughs or pots. Perfect for cottage gardens. Cut flowers are lovely in dried floral arrangements. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Foliage reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide; flowers rise above foliage.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:al-kem-ILL-uh MAW-lissDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 31 - 43Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Foliage reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide; flowers rise above foliage.Special features:Fast GrowingFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:YellowGarden styleCottageDesign 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 PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Astilbe (Astilbe); Aster (Aster); Phlox (Phlox); Masterwort (Astrantia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in lightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Deadhead spent blooms promptly to minimize reseeding.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory: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 plantLore:Alchemilla was so named because its natural silvered leaf was thought to influence metals in the ancient art of alchemy.