at Digging Dog
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.
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.
Size: 2" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Alchemilla ellenbeckii (P-0174)
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