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Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis

Growing Lady's Mantle: Tips at a Glance

Lady's mantle is a perennial for the front of the border, where it will grow in handsome clumps with gray-green foliage and a bright shock of chartreuse flowers in springtime. Sun or shade and well-draining soil will keep Alchemilla mollis happy.

  • Type Herbaceous flower
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • Light Sun or shade
  • Water Moist, well-drained soil
  • Where to Plant Front of the border
  • Design Tips Pals with purples
  • Companions Salvias, daisies
  • Peak Season Spring flowers

Lady’s Mantle: A Field Guide

Lady’s mantle is a quintessential cottage garden perennial that forms charming, low clumps to spill over the edge of a flower border and onto a path, where it gets attention fro passersby with its foamy chartreuse flowers on gracefully arched stems. 

A versatile plant, lady’s mantle will thrive in shade or sun, has a long season of interest (its foliage stays pretty from spring through autumn) and will naturalize happily in well-drained soil.

One of about 300 species in the Alchemilla genus, Alchemilla mollis is a close relative to its cousin, A. vulgaris, which is more commonly used for medicinal purposes. With pretty fan-shaped leaves and gray-green foliage, lady’s mantle is an excellent foil to blue or purple flowers (and mingles particularly well with low-growing Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’). Interplant it with spring-flowering bulbs to hide fading foliage.

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