Botanical Name: Alchemilla mollis
Common Name: Lady's Mantle  
Plant photo of: Alchemilla mollis
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color

Green, Yellow


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

Lady's mantle may have the most charming foliage of any garden perennial, with its rounded to gently lobed, densely haired, chartreuse foliage, and its radial pleats and crimped edges. The leave's pleats, crimps, and hairs work together to hold little droplets of water that look jewel-like with just a little light. And as if that isn't enough, soft, frothy, yellow-green flowers hover above the plant from early summer through autumn. Ideal for dry shade areas; will need a little more water if planted in full sun. Lovely cut flower. Grows 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to bright shade (in our hot climate, it looks its best when given a respite from mid-day sun). Flowers can be deadheaded to keep plant tidy, though they dry well in place. Remove tatty foliage in late winter to early spring, as new growth is emerging from the basal rosette.