Lady’s Mantle

FAMILY: Rosaceae | GENUS: ALCHEMILLA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Rounded, pale green, lobed leaves have a silvery look; after rain or watering, they hold beads of water on their surfaces. Summer flowers are yellowish green in large, branched clusters, attractive as a frothy mass. Use for edgings in shady places, as ground cover, and as contrast to brighter flowers. Not browsed by deer.

A. alpina. Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7. Native to northern Europe, Greenland. This mat-forming plant creeps by runners, with flowering stems 68 in. tall. Leaves are divided into five to seven leaflets.

A. ellenbeckii. Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7. Native to mountains of East Africa. Attractive, small-scale ground cover to about 2 in. high, with creeping, rooting stems and leaves less than 1 in. wide.

A. erythropoda. Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7. Native to mountains of Balkans, Turkey. Resembles A. glaucescens but has more deeply lobed leaves and red-tinted flowering stems.

A. glaucescens. Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7. Native to Europe. Dense grower, wide spreading in time. Nearly round leaves with seven to nine lobes. Flowering stems to 8 in. high.

A. mollis. Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Native to Asia Minor. The most commonly planted lady's mantle. Clump-forming plant to 2 ft. or taller, 2 ft. wide. Nearly circular, scallop-edged leaves to 6 in. across. To prevent self-sowing, deadhead plants soon after flowering. 'Auslese' bears bright lime-green flowers. 'Thriller' has large, shiny, gray-green leaves and golden-yellow blooms.

A. pectinata. Zones MS, LS; USDA 7-8. Native to Mexico. Miniature, creeping ground cover with inch-wide leaves.

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