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Alchemilla mollis

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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Bloom Time Summer
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Clay/Heavy, Dry, Wet
Flower Color Yellow
Fruit Color Brown
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 12-18" x 18-24"
Lady's Mantle is perfect for the front of a border or as ground cover. Its green scalloped leaves are softly fuzzy, forming a neat, cushion-like mound adorned with fine-textured, billowing sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers. The chartreuse blooms of a Lady's Mantle plant, or Alchemilla mollis, emerge in early summer, adding a soft splash of color to the garden. This plant is not only visually appealing with its dew-catching foliage but also works well in floral bouquets and dried flower arrangements. Regular pruning promotes vitality, ensuring it remains a garden highlight. Alchemilla mollis isn’t as nitpicky as other plants, effortlessly filling garden spaces. It’s highly valued for its ease of care and ability to spread, making it a rewarding choice for any gardening enthusiast looking to enhance their garden's beauty and biodiversity.
  • sunshade Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 12-18" x 18-24"
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Summer
Key features
  • Attracts Bees
  • Deer Resistant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Cut Flower
  • Attracts Pollinators
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Lady’s Mantle

  • The Lady's Mantle plant is an excellent choice for the front of the border or even as a groundcover.
  • The plant forms a nice, neat mound that can get to 24" across.
    This perennial produces a good-cut flower that can also be dried for floral arrangements.
  • It grows best in full sun to partial shade in cool, moist soil.
  • Thrives best in hardiness zone 4.
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers: Completely saturate all container plants by putting them in a larger water container until bubbling stops. Remove the plant, then dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container, ensuring it’s wider on the sides by an additional 6” or more.
Planting Containers
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or wider on the sides.
    Slide the plant from the pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With a shovel or knife, trim the bottom 2" off the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
    Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flares out from the tree. This is called the root flare. This root flare should show when the tree is planted. Add soil under the ball so the root flare is exposed if necessary.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, ensuring the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Containers: Although it’s not essential after planting, light pruning can help shape a Lady’s Mantle plant. Doing so removes any broken branches from shipping or thins out a heavily branched plant to assist in the transplanting process and the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Cutting this plant back in its dormancy will produce more blooms into August. *See our help pruning video to see how to cut back perennials in their dormancy.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the six-week establishment period, water once per week unless rain occurs.
  • Remember to check soil moisture by sticking your finger into the soil around 3”.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it’s dry, give it a good soak with the hose end (no nozzle), watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Same as after planting, stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Enhance Your Garden With McKay Nursery

McKay Nursery is your trusted partner in gardening, boasting over a century of horticultural expertise. We offer a premium selection of plants, including the versatile Lady's Mantle plant, perfect for a variety of garden applications.


Our commitment to quality ensures every plant from McKay Nursery, including Lady's Mantle plants, is robust and ready to thrive in your garden. For more information regarding your order, contact us at [email protected] or call 920-478-2121.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much sunlight does a Lady's Mantle plant need?

Lady's Mantle thrives in various light conditions, from full sun to dappled sunlight, and even in full shade. It grows best in cool, moist conditions, adapting well to different lighting situations. However, too little sunlight may reduce the growth and vibrancy of its blooms.

What are the medicinal uses of the Lady’s Mantle plant?

Lady's Mantle is a popular folk medicine in different parts of the world, especially in Southeast Europe and the Balkan peninsula. It’s used to treat diabetes, inflammation, anemia, and more. The herb's most common use is to prevent illnesses targeting women, such as menstrual problems, oligomenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea. Lady's mantle is also used to treat wounds, ulcers, and muscle atrophy.

How long does Lady's Mantle live?

A Lady's Mantle plant will live almost indefinitely, with the mother plant spreading through rhizomatous roots very gradually. In addition, self-seeding volunteers will constantly spring up unless you pay attention to your deadheading. Keep in mind that it can take two years for a newly planted Lady’s Mantle to bloom, so it’s best to plan your landscape design ahead.

How is Lady's Mantle used in the landscape?

Lady's Mantle plants work best as ground cover, serving as a great contrast to bright flowers like Petite Knock Out roses. It’s great to pair with plants and trees with pink and purple foliage, like Spilled Wine Weigela shrubs and Prairiefire crabapple trees.

What are the common problems when growing Lady's Mantle plants?

Although a Lady’s Mantle plant is generally durable and resilient, it may encounter issues such as scorched leaves. Scorched leaves occur when a plant is exposed to too much soon, especially in hot climates. This causes scorching on the edges of a plants’ leaves. If you can’t add more shade to your landscape, you may need to add more sun-tolerant species to your garden. Providing extra watering sessions may also help sun-drenched plants survive the hot weather. Additionally, Lady’s Mantle plants may spread too vigorously too soon. This can be managed by removing the flower stalks before they go to seed. To reduce the overall rate of blooming, you can also reduce watering sessions.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.


Shipping Dates by Region*


Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th


Shipping Dates by Season*


Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November


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