ALCHEMILLA Lady’s Mantle

A delightful old-fashioned perennial, seen at its best when the leaves are sparkling with dewdrops. Alchemilla grows as a flat-topped clump of foliage, each pale green leaf being lobed and serrated with a fine, hairy covering. It is a useful ground cover plant in light shade, bearing fluffy branching sprays of tiny flowers in summer. Both leaves and floral sprays are widely used in flower arrangements. Once flowering has finished, cut the plants back to just above ground level and in October cover the crowns with coarse sand, peat or bracken.

VARIETIES: The species grown in the herbaceous border is A. mollis. Basic details are height 1.25 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft and a

Flowering period: from June to August. The flowers are greenish yellow and about Ve in. across. A much more compact species (A. alpina, 6 in.) is grown in rockeries.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Easily raised from seed sown in spring. Divide clumps in April or May.

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