Alchemilla mollis - Lady's Mantle @DBG 2008jun26 LAH 003rssAPPEARANCE

This perfect yard darling displays soft olive-green leaves with bursting clusters of star-like yellow-greenish flowers. It grows in a mound shape that complements any garden.


Lady’s Mantle prefers dappled sun to partial shade. It also grows in full shade. As long as you provide a rich, moist, well-drained area, it will grow, and grow fast (heights from 12 to 18 inches and spreads 18 to 24 inches). It self-seeds and, once established, can be drought-tolerant. It won’t ask for anything more. This is a low-maintenance perennial. It can be established up to 7,000 foot elevations in Colorado.


Great used as ground cover, and in mass plantings, rock gardens and edgings. If dried-flower arranging is of interest to you, you will enjoy the blossoms. If you have deer and rabbits, they may hop over Lady’s Mantle on the way to nibble your honeysuckle vine.

Contributed by Kerry Peetz, Colorado Master Gardener. For answers to your horticultural questions, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 636.8921 or

Photo courtesy of  Leslie Holzmann.