Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis

Alchemilla mollis

"Lady's mantle"

Alchemilla mollis

3 bare roots — £2.63

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Description

Alchemilla mollis is the most frequently-seen alchemilla, and for good reason. It is a charming plant with a frothy haze of lime-green flowers in late-spring and summer. These are accompanied by neatly scalloped apple-green, fan-shaped leaves, which last all season long. Garden designers regularly recommend this plant, more commonly known as Lady's Mantle, partly as it is so easily grown and maintained.

Sadly, amateur gardeners often overlook it, in the belief that they need to search of something innovative or exciting; actually, they are missing out on a delightful, subtle, unpretentious plant which is extremely useful all around the garden. No garden should be without it!

Alchemilla mollis sits beautifully with stronger coloured plants. Grow it as ground cover in full sun or shade; it goes well 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).

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Alchemilla mollis

  • Flower colour

    Green

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    12 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Full shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Alchemilla mollis roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Lady's mantle" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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