L is for Lady’s Mantle – alchemilla mollis.
This beautiful perennial plant is best known for its leaves. I love to photogaph the cup shaped leaves after a gentle rain. The rain drops will bead up on the leaf and slide slowly towards the center. I have a series of photos I’ve taken, printed and framed, in the bathroom. Each has raindrops on it … lady’s mantle, hostas, and hens & chicks.
You can see the flower buds forming in the center of these leaves.
The plant gets quite big and round and about 25 cm. high. There are lots and lots of flower heads that will turn into delicate yellow/chartreuse blooms.
After blooming it is wise to trim off all the flower stems and the plant goes on to provide wonderful foilage in the garden.
The plant blooms in late spring. The tiny flowers shoot up on tender stems. It is the perfect plant for along the border of your garden.
Lady’s Mantle is a fairly low maintenance plant and it grows well in most soil and can be fairly drought tolerant. It can be grown from seed but small starter plants are readily available from nurseries and garden centers.
ABC Wednesday is up to L. L for Lady’s Mantle