Alchemilla mollis

Garden lady's-mantle

(2 customer reviews)


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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Origin: Southern Europe
Genus: Alchemilla
Species / Cultivar: mollis
Common Name: Garden lady's-mantle

Plant Biography

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!

Alchemilla mollis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 0.1 - 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1 - 0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

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.

Plant Trivia

The plant is covered in soft hairs that catch and hold rain drops and dew. These droplets of water were considered by the alchemists the purest form of water, therefore the name 'Alchemilla'.

2 customer reviews for Alchemilla mollis

Great advice on the pot of the plant. Plant in great condition and in flower. Quick delivery and packaged really well – thank you 😊

Dawn Crossley-Knowles (verified owner)

As expected arrived in good condition, planted and still looking happy a few days on!

RachieP (verified owner)