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Alchemilla mollis

Lady's mantle

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Alchemilla mollis

Plant details

A charming little plant with 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.The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Alchemilla

Species: mollis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: June to September

Reader reviews

Neil Young

Great for my rock garden.

john kaye

must be kept in check as will self seed easily


Love it and hate it. Fill the gaps and can be divided easily but seeds freely. Cutting back immediately after flowering helps to prevent self seed.

Lindsay Pettigrew

Hardy, self seeds, flowers make great cut flower filler flowers and look stunning,, will tolerate shade

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