Growing guide

How to grow alchemilla

Alchemilla mollis and its relatives form compact mounds or mats of attractive leaves, topped with frothy lime-green flowers in summer. They’re popular, easy-to-grow, slug-resistant border plants, ideal as edging or ground cover in sun or partial shade. Cut them back after flowering for a burst of fresh-looking foliage.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow, hardy and low maintenance
  • Attractive scalloped or lobed leaves
  • Long-lasting frothy flowers in summer
  • Plant in sun or partial shade
  • Low growing, so ideal as ground cover or edging
  • Downy leaves are resistant to slugs and snails
  • Make new plants by dividing clumps or sowing seeds
  • Self-seed freely if not deadheaded

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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