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27/05/2012 at 14:31
27/05/2012 at 14:34

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.

27/05/2012 at 14:57
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.
27/05/2012 at 16:24

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.

27/05/2012 at 17:07

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?

27/05/2012 at 17:14
Lords and Ladies? The arum?
27/05/2012 at 17:20

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

I blame the heat for my addled brain

27/05/2012 at 17:23
Advice still sound though!
27/05/2012 at 17:23

<img style="width: 297px; height: 244px;" title="Perennial Flowers Image Gallery" src="" alt="Perennial Flowers Image Gallery" />

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

Roots are also very deep.



27/05/2012 at 17:58

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.

27/05/2012 at 19:02

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

27/05/2012 at 20:38

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

27/05/2012 at 20:45

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

28/05/2012 at 21:08

'Tis always the way.

29/05/2012 at 16:03

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.

29/05/2012 at 16:44

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.

29/05/2012 at 17:34

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

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