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PlantFiles: Lady's Mantle
Alchemilla xanthochlora

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alchemilla (al-kem-ILL-uh) (Info)
Species: xanthochlora (zan-tho-KLOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Alchemilla vulgaris

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bonehead On Nov 20, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Clumps fill in quickly, and self-seed rampantly. The seedlings can either be moved to other locations, or are easy to pull out. The flower clusters look like a haze of yellow-green, very pretty. When they flop over, cut the flower stalks back hard and trim up the foliage, cleaning out the underside of the plant as well. It will quickly respond and look full and lush again.

Negative amethystsm On Mar 28, 2007, amethystsm from belleville, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

last year was my 1st year gardening. lady's mantle was one of my few total failures. i bought it as a plant, and it failed away slowly through the summer. it never flowered at all, and the leaves went too, some by bugs, some just withered away...

Negative sterhill On Nov 15, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Zone 7b - Atlanta - I have tried on three occasions to grow this plant - I even raised some from seed. They looked lovely when I planted them but they just dwindled away. I do pretty well with almost everything else.

Positive lmelling On Dec 22, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

A wonderful, carefree plant that I have in the rocks above our pond, planted around 1999. I give it no care - other than to clear off the dead leaves in early spring and harvest the flowers to dry in July and August.

It requires moist soil, and this area is inundated with springs and runoff from rains, it requires no fertilizer and has grown quite well from the little 6" potted plant that I started with - in fact, it has sown freely and I have several other small plants started just out of camera shot and I'm happy to have them. The beautiful velvety green leaves are gorgeous after a rain as the drops tend to "puddle" and glisten on top of them.

In July the petite lime green/yellowish flower stalks are held above the leaves and later fall so that it looks like a halo around the perimeter of the leaves. This signals for me that it's time to harvest them, before they start to fade to a yellow/brown. The flowers may be bundled and air dryed and look similar to "stardust" baby's breath, only greenish-yellow. They provide a delicate filler, and I use them particularly in wreaths. The leaves may also be harvested and used in arrangements. They should be dried between pieces of newspaper for several weeks - I usually weight the paper down with a book to help them dry flatter. They dry to a velvety grayish-green and add a nice depth to arrangements.

Growing hint: If purchased as seed, it must be sown in the autumn to germinate in the spring. Once established it seeds freely.

Negative OMC On Jul 4, 2004, OMC from Dothan, AL wrote:

A few years ago I ordered Lady"s Mantle from a flower catalog. In the catalog it showed that this plant will grow in my zone 8b. I planted three plants and they soon died. Later I read in another catalog that they would grow only to zone 7. If anyone has grown them in zone 8b, I would like to know if they where able to grow them. Marie

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 22, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

It takes 2+ years to flower from seed.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Moss Beach, California
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Rushford, Minnesota
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Annandale, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Jefferson, New York
West Kill, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Springfield, Virginia
Stanwood, Washington
Marinette, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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