Common name/s ?

Lady’s mantle

Skill rating


Type of plant ?

Deciduous, herbaceous perennial

Hardiness zone ?

RHS zone


EGF zone


USDA zone


Eventual size

50cm high by 75cm spread.

Growth rate ?

Fast growing, will reach full size in a couple of years' growth.

Shape it grows into

Clump forming groundcover plant.

Season/s of interest

Flowers throughout summer and early autumn (June to September).

Where to grow it

Happy in full sun or part shade.
Prefers well drained to moist soil.

Alchemilla mollis is drought tolerant, even as seedlings. Any soil type or aspect is tolerated.

Alchemilla mollis


Forms clumps of pleated, light green leaves which are soft and hairy with scalloped and serrated margins. The leaves look particularly attractive first thing in the morning after dew has formed, or after light rain, as droplets of water are held on them, glistening in the sun.

The small, bright yellow flowers are borne in large sprays above the foliage.

What to use it for

Can be used as ground cover from spring to autumn. Ideal for most garden situations, including banks/slopes, borders, edging, underplanting roses/shrubs and wildflower gardens. It is also useful for cut flower arrangements (fresh or dried).

How to look after it

Requires little maintenance, other than the pruning outlined below.

How to prune it

Regular deadheading will keep it looking neat and minimise self-seeding.

As the summer progresses and the flowers/leaves get tatty, cut them off with shears and fresh new foliage will grow in their place.

How to propagate it

Alchemilla mollis self-seeds prolifically, so creating new plants is rarely a problem.

New plants can be grown from seed in autumn; keeping them exposed to the winter cold to overcome their dormancy triggers the spring germination.

Alternatively an easier way is to divide existing plants in spring; the new plants should flower the same year.

Common problems

Because of its tendency to seed freely some gardeners consider this more of a weed than an ornamental plant. Otherwise this is a relatively problem-free plant.

Other useful information

The name ‘mollis’ means soft or pliant, presumably referring to the plant’s leaves.

Has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.