Lady's Mantle - Alchemilla vulgaris


  • Height: Grows to 15cm
  • Type: Hardy
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any / Alkaline
  • Flower colour: yellow
  • Flowering period: From May - August

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Lady’s Mantle (frauenmantle) was given its common name by a German botanist in the sixteenth century. The scalloped edges of the leaves were supposed to resemble a mantle. Alchemilla comes from the Arabic ‘alkemelych’ (alchemy) due to the beads of water collected in the leaves which were thought to be the purest form of water and was used in a quest to turn base metal into gold. Lady’s mantle is a low growing ground cover plant with soft hairy scalloped leaves and clusters of small yellow flowers. As a medicinal herb it is used in the treatment of excessive menstruation and its astringent nature makes it a good herb in the past for drying up sores and helping stop bleeding. It is an excellent herb for softening path edges and for the front of borders and it self seeds quite readily.