Lady’s MantleAlchemilla mollis 12-18" tall. Enchanting tiny fans of leaves emerge in early spring and unfold into a mound of rounded fan-creased silvery grey-green foliage. Sprays of tiny yellow-green stars bloom on 15" tall stalks above the foliage.
Most herbals list the medicinal variety as Alchemilla vulgaris; ornamental growers list this very similar species as A. mollis in this botanically bewildering genus. A. vulgaris tends toward a looser more spreading habit than the tighter more upright A. mollis. Both varieties have traditionally been used as a poultice to tone and firm breast tissue and to promote fertility.
Lady’s Mantle has a new claim to fame as an orchard companion plant. When planted at the base of old apple trees, this shade-loving plant attracts hordes of beneficial insects and acts as a beautiful low spreading groundcover.
Prefers part shade. Plant 12" apart in moist soil. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. 12-18" tall. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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