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Alchemilla

Lady’s Mantle

You might not transmute gold with Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny star-like 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 welcome addition to any bouquet.

Indigenous to Greenland and Newfoundland, this snug low growing Alchemilla combines elfin charm with enduring resilience. The petite dark green leaves are distinguished by deep separate lobes, delicate silver margins and soft hairy undersides beneath a dainty effervescence of clustered chartreuse flowers perched on short stems. Touting age-old curative properties plus superb cold hardiness, Alchemilla alpina’s diminutive mound can be cozied against rocks, along paths or atop stone walls where it abides poor, lean soil but cherishes well-drained, somewhat moist niches.

Blooms June-August

Size: 6" – 8" high x 8" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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.

<i>Alchemilla erythropoda</i>

This irresistible dwarf Alchemilla sprouts gray-green serrated foliage and zesty citron-yellow flower clusters that don reddish hues once they’re spent. We plant it as a ground cover in the front of perennial borders or in small crannies of the rockery.

Blooms April–August

Size: 5" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Alchemilla glaucescens</i>

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.

<i>Alchemilla mollis</i> ‘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.

<i>Alchemilla mollis</i> ‘Robusta’

Foamy pouffes of starry chartreuse flowers carried on sturdy, mostly upright stems are a florist’s dream and a gardener’s good fortune. Rounded grayish green leaves are a little larger than the species, featuring palmate veins, minute satiny white hairs and partially folded lobes, adopting an exquisite pleated appearance. All this enchanting detail deserves a closer look, so situate ‘Robusta’ along a well-trodden path or near a 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.

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