An extremely easy and adaptable deciduous perennial, bearing frothy acid yellow flowers above attractive mounds of pale green crimped parasols of foliage.
A wonderful, gently self seeding plant to 30-45cm for softening border edges or ground cover, tolerating a wide range of conditions once established – including dry part shade and heavy clay.
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Alchemilla mollis is a herbaceous perennial much used in cottage style gardening but a compatible companion plant for any situation. Grown as ground cover, this will soon spread slowly and informally as self-set seedlings, softening path edges and smudging drifts in borders.
The puckered parasol-like leaves retain moisture droplets after rainfall like beads of mercury – worth venturing outdoors to see. Frothy stems of greenish-yellow flowers are produced for most of the summer, after which the dead flowers and most of the foliage can be cut back whereupon a second flush is often produced.
Historically used as a herb to promote sleep, and also to collect rainwater for alchemy!
Care & Size Guidance
Alchemilla mollis is very easy to grow in most conditions. It prefers a damp soil with a bit of sun, but will survive in most conditions.
Around end of June or beginning of July (as soon as the first flowering is over), and again once towards the end of the season, it’s recommended to give it a hard cut back to keep it in check. This will prevent it from takin over neighbouring plants and give it space to push new foliage.