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Alchemilla alpina L.

alpine lady's mantle

A spreading perennial to a height of 12cm at the most with, smooth deep green individual leaflets that make up each leaf. These are silvery beneath and appear white edged above. In summer, loose trusses of minute yellow-green flowers appear

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver Yellow
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
  • Full sun
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Alchemilla are perennials with palmately lobed basal leaves and sprays of tiny, yellow or greenish flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe

How to grow

Cultivation

Ideal for most soils in sun or partial shade in hot summers. Good in rock gardens and planted walls

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring or by division in early spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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