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Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Apr 19, 2012, saskboy from Regina, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:
The Ladys Mantle is a wonderful plant if you have it situated properly. It lends an informal grace to the partly shady garden. It manages to be somewhat floppy but elegant at the same time. Put it where it can lounge or cascade over the edge of a low rock wall. It does not like to be restricted; nor will it stand up straight like a soldier. It also makes a great (but somewhat large) groundcover, and a fantastic cover for TALL tulips--it effectively fills in to hide the dying tulip leaves.
The flowers dont have a lot of pizzazz, but they offer a uniquely subtle shade of chartreusse and impart a billowy and somewhat lax elegance, and act as a great foil for more vibrant larger flowers. Good companion plants for them are: Hostas, Iris, Lilies, Tall tulips, Ferns, and Astilbes.
On Nov 5, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I planted these in a shade garden; wasn't sure how well I would like them -- but I really do. The foliage is especially lovely in the morning or after a rain. The flowers are more attractive than I expected and they last a long time. Similar to coral bells or hostas, these are very useful border or filler plants.
Prone to flop, but great mounding foliage, beautiful after a rainstorm. I've never had problem with self-sowing, but I've always removed the flowers once they flop. No biggie then. The flowers are "meh". Mine's in full sun, does pretty well without getting burnt. Not a standout plant but has nice shape.
On May 16, 2010, cherrybelle4 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
Have had this plant for years, on the east side of my home, both in sun and light shade. I love the texture of the leaf, and the flower makes a great filler in vases with peonies, which bloom at the same time. Only problem is the self-seeding, which I avoid by cutting the flowers as they fade. Many friends have wanted divisions of this plant as the leaf shape is so pretty and the beading of water after a rain is lovely.
On Apr 10, 2007, willmetge from Spokane, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I grow this primarily as a foliage plant. Its soft blue foliage looks great against darker greens or, in my garden, next to Heuchera 'Purple Palace.' The water beads are an added plus. I'm indifferent to the flowers.
It grows well under a maple tree with full morning sun and no mid-day or evening exposure.
On Jun 6, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I really like the foliage, but I'm having trouble finding a spot it likes. My soil is a bit sandy and last summer it was in morning sun, but the afternoon shade didn't come early enough and it scorched and is still struggling to recover.
On Mar 22, 2006, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
It does tend to flop, but the foamy flowers before they take a nose dive is worth it. As soon as they flop, I cut the whole plant back quite severely. It recovers fairly quickly, and I usually get a second blooming. It also spreads rampantly, but is easy to keep in bounds by yanking out the wayward plants.
On Jul 8, 2005, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:
Got three small plants from a neighbor,planted in a new full shade garden ,don't think they like it there not doing to well ,I'll see next year not to sure of my feelings on this plant rather boring looking little thing.
On Jun 29, 2003, Magazinewriter from Bloomfield Hills, MI wrote:
I'm not sure what to do with this plant. On the plus side, it's healthy. On the minus side, the blooms do not stand out -- and they also don't stand UP -- they flop in every direction.
For next year, I'm moving them to a less-visible place where they can crowd out the clover!
This is a great plant for filling in while other perennials are maturing. As prior writers noted, Lady's Mantle volunteers freely, but volunteers are easily weeded or moved. Does really well in a dappled light. In prolonged heat and sun it can scorch or come down with what looks like red spider mites. If that happens, you can cut it way down and it will come back in a matter of weeks.
On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Freely self-seeds in the garden to the point of being invasive in optimum growing conditions. Prompt removal of spent flower stems will not only prevent self-seeding but may also encourage a sparse, late summer rebloom.
On Mar 10, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Per Michigan State University Extension, Lady's Mantle should be planted with care as it can be invasive. The primary problem is profuse seed production that leads to many volunteer plants. This can be reduced by removing the flower stalks as the flowers fade. The flower color ranges from yellow to green. The blossoms can be used in either fresh or dried arrangements. The foliage is rather large and deeply lobed.
I've had it for 2+ years, and it has created some nice-sized offsets, but nothing thuggish so far (but my soil is heavy clay, which tends to put a damper on high-spirited plants.) Nice plant for the shade garden, I have some in my woodland area, and some in a more cultivated setting near the house and large pond.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Anchorage, Alaska Bear Creek, Alaska Girdwood, Alaska Juneau, Alaska Clayton, California Fairfield, California Kensington, California Merced, California Roseland, California Yorba Linda, California Broomfield, Colorado Glastonbury Center, Connecticut (2 reports) Old Lyme, Connecticut Clermont, Florida Martinez, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Waukegan, Illinois Logansport, Indiana Cedar Rapids, Iowa Keomah Village, Iowa Manhattan, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Fallston, Maryland Cordaville, Massachusetts Dracut, Massachusetts Mashpee, Massachusetts Reading, Massachusetts Westford, Massachusetts Owosso, Michigan Crystal, Minnesota Hopkins, Minnesota Lake Park, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Kirksville, Missouri Weare, New Hampshire Buffalo, New York (2 reports) Deposit, New York Jefferson, New York Penn Yan, New York Southold, New York Devils Lake, North Dakota Glouster, Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio Springboro, Ohio Canby, Oregon Coopersburg, Pennsylvania East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Malvern, Pennsylvania Mc Kean, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Port Matilda, Pennsylvania Murfreesboro, Tennessee Lexington, Virginia Round Hill, Virginia Wytheville, Virginia Anacortes, Washington Elma, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Olympia, Washington (2 reports) Seattle, Washington Spokane, Washington Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin Wild Rose, Wisconsin