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Alchemilla mollis

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Lady's Mantle

Lush mounds of dark green leaves that repel droplets of water

This is a great border filler. Its frothy haze of lime-green flowers in late spring and scalloped soft green leaves that hold jewel-like droplets of water make a lovely backdrop to other plants.

Where?

Perfect for edging pathways and as a ground cover towards the front of beds and borders, happy in sun or part shade.

How?

Best in a moist, well soil but once established it can cope with dry spells.

Alchemilla takes its name from the Arabic for 'Little Magical One'.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Wildlife garden, Gravel garden, Garden edging, Banks and slopes, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September