Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady's Mantle)

Scientific Name

Alchemilla alpina L.

Common Names

Alpine Lady's Mantle


Alchemilla argentea, Alchemilla glomerata, Alchemilla glomerata, Alchemilla viridicans

Scientific Classification

Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Tribe: Potentilleae
Genus: Alchemilla


Color: Bright yellow
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer


Alchemilla alpina is a perennial plant with a woody rhizome up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. The weak stems are silkily hairy and grow from a basal rosette and the leaves are palmate with about seven lanceolate leaflets with toothed tips, smooth above and densely hairy underneath. There are alternate pairs of leaves on the stems and the inflorescence forms a dense cyme. The flowers are lime green with 4 sepals, no petals, 4 stamens and a solitary carpel. They are hermaphrodite and begin to bloom in June and fade in September.

Alchemilla alpina - Alpine Lady's Mantle
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USDA hardiness zone 3a to 8b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

There's not much involved with caring for Lady's Mantle. It's a very carefree plant and doesn't require any special attention or fertilizing.

Regular watering is only required when the plant is located in full sun or during times of extreme heat. Even then it should be just enough to moisten the soil. It does not like to be waterlogged.

Warm regions that experience high humidity may have issues with fungal problems, particularly if the crown is kept damp. Providing adequate air circulation and allowing the soil to slightly dry out some should help remedy this.

Since Lady's Mantle is prone to reseeding and can become mildly aggressive in some areas, deadheading the flowers as they start to dry is helpful in preventing it from spreading into unwanted parts of the garden. Though its foliage remains semi-evergreen throughout winter, you should remove older leaves as they brown… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla)


Native to Europe and and southern Greenland.


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