Alchemilla Mollis

Alchemills Mollis in flower
Alchemills Mollis

This is a very common garden plant, known as Lady’s Mantle, grown in many gardens for its attractive foliage and ability to provide a weed covering mat. It is easily grown in sun or light shade, only limited by heavy shade, in any normal garden soil; seeding itself freely about he garden give any opportunity. The lime green flowers could easily be over looked buts its charming habit of catching drops of dew or rain water in the folds of its leaves.

Alchemilla Mollis with water droplets on the leaves
Alchemilla Mollis with water droplets on the leaves

The plants grow to about 450 mm high and should be planted about 600 mm apart. As a hardy perennial the foliage dies down in autumn and cutting back the dead leaves in winter is all the care this plant requires. If it has not spread itself about the garden by self seeding, a tendency which can be controlled by removing the flowers once they start to die back, it can be propagated by division. The time of this division is not important with this easy plant.

Close up of Alchemilla mollis flowers
Close up of Alchemilla mollis flowers

The plant is quite distinctive in appearance and closes to it are probably the closely related Alchemilla erythropoda and A. alpina both of which are notably smaller. Alchemilla mollis is found naturalized in the wild in this country along with several other members of members of the genus some native, some naturalized. The genus Alchemilla is in the rose family and the pollen of many European member of the genus fails to fertilize the plants with the seed forming asexually.

Hardy Perennial

These are plants with no woody stems lasting from one year to the next. Some have leaves which persist from one year to the next but by enlarge they die down to the ground at the end of each summer. Hardy perennial grow by spreading horizontally and tend to establish and flower quicker than trees and shrubs.