Lady's mantle

Alchemilla mollis | Also known as: lady's mantle | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

The leaves look like the perfect ladies mantle, as long as you like wearing green, day in day out.

Recipient of an RHS Award of Garden Merit, Alchemilla mollis or lady's mantle grows in a clump with lots of foliage. The leaves are lobed and rounded with a toothed edge. The flowers grow in sprays above the foliage, they are small and yellow in colour but grow in abundance on the plant. It's an easy plant to grow, suiting most types of soil as long as it isn't too dry. It will grow up to about 50cm high and it will often self seed. A lovely cottage garden plant that isn't usually affected by pests or disease.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.75
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • Meadows
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Underplanting
  • Banks and slopes
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years