Alchemilla - lady's mantle - is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Rosaceae.
Common name : Lady's Mantle
Scientific name : Alchemilla
Family : Rosaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Lady's mantle grows 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 in) tall, with leaves that are palmately veined, with a scalloped and serrated margin. There are about 300 species, the majority native to cool temperate and subarctic regions of Europe and Asia.
Plant in the spring or fall.
- Earth: Choose a place preferably sunny. The soil must be quite fresh, rich and well drained: the alchemilla likes rather rich soils and, therefore, ideally fertilized before planting.
- Potted: L'alchemille is a plant adapted to garnish your pots, pans and planters.
Make sure your pots are drilled at the bottom. Put a bed of gravel or clay balls at the bottom to improve drainage. In any case, space each 30 cm plant in order to give it room to grow. Tamp the soil well to avoid air around the roots, then water thoroughly.
Water my lady's mantle
The watering of the alchemilla is recommended the year of the plantation, afterward it can support pretty well drought.
In pots, you should still water regularly in summer to prevent a drying out.
Mulch my lady's mantle
Mulching these perennials will save you from watering and weeding and will even fertilize the soil a bit as it decomposes. When choosing, know that dry wood chips are the most inert, but they will last for a longer time. Fresh wood chips and leaves enrich the soil but must be changed often. Grass cuttings are to be used mixed with something else in a layer that is at most 1 cm thick. Mulch with a thickness of at least 5 cm to provide a good level of efficiency.
Propagate my lady's mantle
After several years, you can divide your alchemilles to have more.
Dig up the stump with a spade, preferably in early spring. Then divide it with a pruner or a sharp spade, then transplant the shards 30 cm away.
There you go !
Note that alchemillae are easy to reseed, so you may already have plenty of seedlings to transplant ...