Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle)

ALCHEMILLA (Lady's Mantle) Rosaceae A. alpina mollis

HABITAT:  Native across the mountains of Europe.  Zone 3.

USES:  Ground cover, edging, cut, and dried flowers.

HABIT:  18" showy perennial with light green, hairy, palmate leaves that have shallow rounded lobes and serrated edges. The 1/8" star-shaped, chartreuse flowers appear on intricately branched heads.  Bloom period is in July.

SEED GERMINATION AND CULTURE:  Start seeds in late winter, 8-10 weeks before transplanting outdoors in spring.  Sow seeds in shallow rows of Grow Mix, covering to their thickness.  Germinates best in a cool location, about 55°F. Transplant to 2 1/4" pots when four leaves appear and plant outdoors after you harden plants.
Set out in garden up to 2' apart in soil enriched with organic matter such as peat moss or leaf mold.  Select a well-drained, sunny, or partially shady site.  Keep soil moist during growing season and provide a winter mulch.

PROPAGATION:  Seed and division.