Alchemilla mollis 'Robusta'

Lady's mantle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by Andrea Jones, copyright GAP Photos (23221)

Plant details

A charming little plant with distinctively upright habit and frothy lime-green flowers in early summer and neatly pleated apple-green, fan-shaped leaves which persist all season these can be refreshed if they look tired after a hot dry summer by cutting the plants back hard. Often overlooked by gardeners in search of something exciting, the unpretentious appearance of lady's mantle makes it extremely useful all round the garden. Grow as ground cover in shade or beneath roses. If allowed to self-seed into gravel or cracks between paving, the resulting seedlings are very drought tolerant. 'Robusta' is a more vigorous than the the straight species.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Alchemilla

Species: mollis

Cultivar: Robusta

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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