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Alchemilla mollis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Pale 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

lady's mantle

Family

Rosaceae


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

A. mollis is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump of softly hairy, light green leaves with scalloped and toothed edges. Small, bright yellow flowers are borne in large sprays just above the foliage. Often seeds freely

Synonym(s)

  • Alchemilla grandiflora hort.

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, Banks and Slopes, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Wildflower meadow 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