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Ladys Mantel

I have Ladys Mantel in my garden which seems to appear everywhere. It is now appearing in the middle of my lawn. Is there any way to remove this ans also stop it spreading further

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Alina W

You need to stop it seeding, so cut off the pretty (and poisonous) red berries. In the lawn, a standard lawn weedkiller will see to them; in the borders, they're quite easy to dig out.

figrat
I understand Lady's Mantle to be alchemica molliis which has frothy lime green/ yellow floors in summer. You can reduce the amount of self seeding by cutting these off just before they go over. In fact I cut mine back to the ground, they soon put out rosettes of fresh green foliage. They do have quite tough woody roots, but they can be dug out, or carefully dabbed with glyphosate.
Berghill

There are prettier and less invasive Alchemilla too. A, alpine, A. ellenbeckii, A. faroenssis (used to be called that) are all much nicer than the big leafed thug A. mollis.

Alina W

Now I'm confused - I thought it was the one with speckled green leaves at ground level and stems of bright orange berries in autumn - what is that called, Ladies' what?

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figrat
Lords and Ladies? The arum?
Alina W

Lords and Ladies - thank you, Figrat! Yes, the arum.

I blame the heat for my addled brain

figrat
Advice still sound though!

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This is a picture of the plant - how do I stop it growing and taking over.

Roots are also very deep.

Thanks

 

figrat

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Apologies for taking the liberty to insert your pic onto my post GMcG26. This is
the plant I had in mind when I responded to the first post. If you cut off the flowers before they go over it will minimise its self seeding habit, and as I said, I cut mine back to the ground at this time as the foliage starts to look a bit tired as well. Seedlings are easy to spot because of their characteristic leaf shape, and, as you have discovered, are much easier to remove when young. I suppose you could try glyphosate if they are too embedded to remove manually, but I do like to have some of them dotted through the garden.

Dovefromabove

I'm paying £10 for 4 plants to go in a bit of wild shade under some trees - I just hope mine is as tenacious and 'spreadable' as yours

Berghill

Blooming heck. Come here and you can have a hundred for nowt!

Dovefromabove

Shame you're right across the other side of the country 

Berghill

'Tis always the way.

Bookertoo

10 quid for 4 alchemellia, someone is having a laugh!!   Any gardener near you who has this in their garden would be happy to give you dozens of them gratis - look around nearby and ask - gardeners love sharing on the whole.

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I hope you lot are raiding the Fetes and Fayres on at this time of year. I've just bought a couple of Lady's Mantle for 20p.

Bookertoo

Now that is more like it, if you have to pay for it - good for you.

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