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Alchemilla alpina L.

Alchemilla alpina L.



About this cultivar:

Alchemilla alpina L. (commonly known as Alpine lady's mantle) is native to Europe and Southern Greenland. It has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy but we find it most useful as beautiful ground cover in our garden. Alpine lady's mantle is easily distinguished from other lady's mantles by the fact that its leaves have clearly separate leaflets while other species have neatly pleated leaves. This plant will NOT take over your garden like Alchemilla mollis! As a small plant Alchemilla alpina L. works well with other small plants. You can also try it alone in the front of a border, rock garden, path, or wall

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil - grows well in Ballyrobert!
  • Flowers: June, July, August, September
  • Other features: -
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert!
  • Habit: Clump forming
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 10 - 20 cm (0.25 - 0.75 ft)
  • Spread: 10 - 30 cm (0.25 - 1 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: White, green, yellow
  • Goes well with: Ground cover plants such as Phlox subulata, Geranium & Vinca. Other small plants, alone in the front of a border, rock garden, path, or wall.

About this genus:

Alchemilla, also known as Lady's mantle, forms quite a large genus featuring a wide range of plant-types. Most species are clump-forming, or mounded, perennials with leaves arising from woody rhizomes. They tend to thrive in cool regions and are quite water-resistant. As you can imagine they often thrive in our garden!

The best use of Alchemilla in the garden tends to be as ground cover. As a result they compliment other ground cover type plants such as Phlox subulata, Geranium and even Vinca.