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Common Name:  Lady's Mantle
Botanical Name : Alchemilla mollis

If you would like to get back to old time gardening and build a country cottage flower garden then begin with the Lady's Mantle. This is a very unusual perennial because it has large lime green foliage 2 to 4 inches wide that resemble a geranium leaf. The flowers are a loose spray of tiny lime green flowers that has a haze effect on the plant. These flowers are not showy but standout on the plant and the soft appearance is very unique, almost like a dwarf Baby Breath in shades of lime green. The leaves are covered with tiny downy hairs on the upper side of the leaf. This unusual hair will catch water from the rain or sprinkler and suspend it like tiny drops of glistening pearls that will move on the leaf as the wind blows. Plant the Lady's Mantle in a sunny location but it will tolerate a little partial shade as long as the soil is rich in organic matter. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches tall and just as wide. The flowers begin during may and last for 4 to 6 weeks and those unusual lime green flowers can be cut for small flower arrangements. Lady's-mantle make a great perennial to use in borders, edging of gardens, groundcovers, rock gardens, wall planting, and as a woodland or cottage garden plant. If you have a moist area with a little bit of shade, then look to the Lady's Mantle to plant along walk ways or garden paths. Best of all this plant needs little to no care once established in your garden.
Matures 8-10" tall x 18-24" tall. Hardy to Zone 4

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