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Alchemilla mollis (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Alchemilla mollis (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Alchemilla

Lady’s-mantle
Rosaceae
Ground covers, Perennials

Rounded, pale green, lobed leaves have a silvery look; after rain or overhead watering, they hold beads of water on their surfaces. Summer flowers are yellowish green, in large branched clusters, individually inconspicuous but attractive as a mass; good cut flowers.

Useful for edgings in shady places, as ground cover, and as soothing contrast to brightly colored flowers. Can take full sun in cool-summer climates.

Alchemilla alpina

Native to northern Europe and Greenland. This mat-forming plant creeps by runners, with flowering stems to 6–8 in. tall. Leaves are divided into five to seven leaflets.

Alchemilla mollis (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Alchemilla mollis (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Alchemilla mollis

Native to Asia Minor, this is the most commonly planted lady’s-mantle, forming clumps mostly 1 to 2 ft. tall and 2 1/2 ft. wide. Yellow flowers rise above nearly circular, scallop-edged leaves. Self-sows. This wonderful woodland plant is especially pretty after a rain, when raindrops bead up on its leaves.

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