Common Name(s):Lady's Mantle
Exposure:Exposure: Full sun to light shade. Needs more moisture if grown in full sun.
Bloom PeriodLate Spring to Early Summer.
Foliage: The leaves of Lady’s Mantle are like shallow, pleated cups. The soft hairs make water form droplets that roll around on the leaves. These hairs make the leaves feel velvety, not scratchy or unpleasant to touch.
Flowers: Lady’s Mantle flowers are airy masses of tiny yellow-green flowers that sit above the foliage until they flop around from their own volume and weight. They are somewhat like a chartreuse baby’s breath and make nice cut and dried flowers.
Lady’s Mantle makes a nice contrast for bright daylilies and roses that bloom at about the same time. I especially like it used in contrast to burgundy and purple foliage.
A mass planting of Lady’s Mantle is very eye-catching when in bloom, but kind of loses impact after flowering.
- Alchemilla mollis - Common Lady’s Mantle is widely available and easy to grow.
- Alchemilla mollis‘Thriller - More upright growth habit and larger leaves.
- Alchemilla alpina - Known as Alpine Lady’s Mantle, A. alpina is much smaller than A. molli, with silver edges on the leaves.
Pests and Problems::
Leave Lady’s Mantle standing in the fall. It is semi-evergreen and will over winter better if left in tact and cleaned up in the spring.
Planting Lady’s Mantle:
Lady’s Mantle can be grown from seed, seedlings or divisions.
If you’d like to try growing Lady’s Mantle from seed, sow outdoors after all danger of frost. Barely cover the seeds and keep them well watered. You can start them indoors a couple of months before your transplant date. It takes about 3-4 weeks for Lady’s Mantle Seeds to germinate.
You can start Lady’s Mantle from seed and it certainly self-seeds well on its own. However the plants are readily available and somewhat inexpensive, so most gardeners start out with at least one plant and then see how well it seeds on its own.
Soil Requirements: Lady’s Mantle isn’t terribly particular about soil. It is drought tolerant and doesn’t like to sit in wet soil, but in high heat or full sun, regular watering is required or the leaves will start to dry and brown.
Soil pH: Lady’s Mantle does best in a soil that is slightly acidic to neutral, 5.5 - 7.5.
Plant at the same depth as it was in the pot. Supplemental feeding is not usually necessary with Lady’s Mantle, unless you have poor soil. If so, a handful of slow release organic fertilizer can be mixed in at planting time.
Mulch around the plant, but not up to the stem. Lady’s Mantle tends to hug the ground, so keep the mulch from covering the plant.