• Eventual height: 0.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Alchemilla mollis

lady's mantle

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
20% OFF Chelsea favourites
20% OFF Chelsea favourites
2 litre pot £16.99 £13.59
£2.29 £1.83
£6.99 £5.59
£20.97 £9.43
£16.99 £13.59
Delivery options
  • Seed Packets (only) £2.95
  • Named Day £10.95

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: Fast
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy

No garden should be without this beautiful and useful perennial. It has attractively scalloped, bright green leaves, which catch water droplets (that look like quicksilver), and from June to September, it produces a frothy haze of tiny, chartreuse yellow flowers. Alchemilla mollis looks wonderful when planted en-masse for weed-smothering groundcover - or when used to line pathways of border edges. Tough and tolerant of a wide range of conditions, once established it can also cope with drought - which makes it the perfect addition to low-maintenance/high impact planting schemes.

  • Garden care:
    Cut back the faded flower heads and foliage in August and the plant will often produce a second flush of flowers. Alchemilla has a tendency to self-seed freely, so if you don't want to encourage this, remove the seedheads carefully after flowering.

  • Sowing instructions:
    In a cold frame or unheated greenhouse, sow the seeds shallowly into trays filled with good quality compost, lightly cover, and keep moist. Germination can take up to three weeks. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out and pot on individually. Once well established, harden off and plant them out in a sunny spot when risk of frost is passed, allowing 30cm between each.

  • Sow: October to November or February to March
  • Share
    Goes well with...