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Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle)
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Including Alchemilla glaucescens, Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’, and Alchemilla mollis ‘Robusta’

Alchemilla

Lady’s Mantle

You might not transmute gold with Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny, starlike flowers in brilliant chartreuse will materialize above beautifully scalloped, slightly toothed foliage. A contrast of forms, Alchemilla was used to collect dewdrops in the medieval preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone. We find the way moisture collects and moves like mercury on the pale green leaves always magical. Whether fresh or dried, the flowers are a favored addition to any bouquet.

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Alchemilla ellenbeckii  partial shade  shade lover

Let this low growing, wonderfully textured plant creep its way around the shaded stepping stones of your woodland garden. Let the wine red stems and miniature, sometimes silver-edged, deeply lobed and scalloped green foliage surprise you under Helleborus, Astrantia or Tricyrtis.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 2" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Alchemilla ellenbeckii (P-0174)
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Alchemilla erythropoda  full sun  partial shade
Alchemilla erythropoda

A charming dwarf form with gray-green serrated foliage and vibrant citron-yellow flower clusters that don a reddish cast once they are spent, we plant it primarily as a ground cover in small niches of the rockery.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 5" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Alchemilla erythropoda (P-0009)
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Alchemilla glaucescens  full sun  partial shade
Alchemilla glaucescens

Trimmed with silver-haired teeth, shallow rounded lobes sculpt the soft-as-velvet, olive-green palmate foliage, while effervescent sprays of thirst quenching lemon-lime flowers linger above. Growing larger than Alchemilla ‘Auslese’, this Alchemilla delivers radiant appeal in dappled light amid blue flowering Brunnera.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Alchemilla glaucescens (P-0010)
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Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’  full sun  partial shade
Alchemilla mollis Auslese

Profuse sprays of yellow-green frothy flowers adorn a mound of lush gray-green foliage, much larger than our other Alchemilla offerings. The leaves alone will enhance the foreground of any perennial border. ‘Auslese’ prefers cool moist soil, so we oblige by planting it in a woodland setting under a high canopy.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 15"–18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’ (P-0478)
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Alchemilla mollis ‘Robusta’  full sun  partial shade
Alchemilla mollis Robusta

Effervescent sprays of starry chartreuse flowers carried on sturdy, mostly upright stems are a florist's dream and a gardener's good fortune. Rounded pastel green leaves are a little larger than the species, featuring palmate veins, soft-as-velvet silver hairs and partially folded lobes, adopting an exquisite pleated appearance. All this charming detail deserves a closer look, so situate ‘Robusta’ along a well-trodden path or favored bench where you'll be rewarded with a repeat autumn bloom.

Blooms April–mid-July.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Alchemilla mollis ‘Robusta’ (P-1685)
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