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Alchemilla erythropoda AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

dwarf lady's mantle

Family

Rosaceae


Alchemilla are perennials with palmately lobed basal leaves and sprays of tiny, yellow or greenish flowers

A. erythropoda is a perennial forming a clump to 15cm in height. Leaves about 4cm in width, rounded, softly hairy, grey-green, with rounded, sharply toothed lobes. Small yellow-green flowers in sprays on reddish stems

Synonym(s)

  • Alchemilla erythropodioides

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Will tolerate any soil so long as there is some moisture; suitable for sun or partial shade. Prone to self-seeding.

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Garden Edging or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Once the flowers and foliage become untidy from late summer onwards, shear off and new foliage will appear

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free