Alchemilla mollis or Lady’s Mantle, Grow it and Buy it
Alchemilla mollis or ‘Lady’s Mantle’ is a great ground cover plant and a favourite for beneath roses.
Forming a thick mat with soft green pleated foliage followed by light green to yellow flowers rising above in early summer. One of the beauties of this plant is in the morning when the foliage glistens as fine hairs on the it hold droplets of dew.
Makes a nice low growing edging plant at the front of the garden border, or allow it to ‘clump up’ in a cottage garden or use in the rock garden.
A spreading plant that forms a clump, Alchemilla mollis will reach 30cm or higher depending on conditions and grows well in a humus rich moist soil in sun to semi shade. It does require good drainage but needs a little water during hot summers.
If deadheaded after flowering a second flush of flowers will usually follow. Best to remove spent flower heads to prevent self seeding. It will die right back in winter in cooler areas and this is a good time to trim the clump if it is getting to big.
Sow seeds in late winter to early spring or divide larger clumps in spring, we use a little slow release fertiliser in spring, and also a little seaweed fertiliser (liquid) during the growing season
Other species include :
- Alchemilla xanthochlora
- Alchemilla erythropoda – Very low growing to 15cm.
- Alchemilla erythropoda ‘Alma’
- Alchemilla epipsila – Low growing to 30cm with green flowers.
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You can buy Alchemilla mollis or ‘Lady’s Mantle’ from the following suppliers
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
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52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au