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Lady’s Mantle

If you like to arrange flowers from your garden, you will enjoy growing alchemilla, commonly known as "lady's mantle."

If you like to arrange flowers from your garden, you will enjoy growing alchemilla, commonly known as “lady’s mantle.” The long lasting early summer blooms are an unusual chartreuse shade that blend well with any other color.


The flowers are small and form dainty clusters, which give a frothy effect in a vase. Sprays of lady’s mantle can be used in the same way baby’s breath is used, to provide filler in a container with other showier blooms, to soften and enhance an arrangement.

The plants look refined and fresh in the garden, as they are only eighteen inches tall and have prettily shaped leaves. The leaves are unique in the way they hold beads of rain and dew. It is a plant to admire when you walk around your garden with your morning cup of coffee.

Planting Lady’s Mantle

Use lady’s mantles to edge beds in part shade, to provide a soft effect; or mass them all together in front of taller specimens for a contrast of shapes. These perennials are reliable growers in zones three thru seven. They like even moisture and dislike too much heat.

Shear them off if they begin to look shabby. Although there are about thirty species in the genus, alchemilla “mollis” is the best for our gardens and is readily available.

Known as the flower arranger’s friend, lady’s mantle is an easy to grow plant that will add variety to your garden.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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