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Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis is a lovely traditional English Garden perennial. It is usually known by its common name - Lady’s mantle. Other interesting names include Lion's Foot, Bear's Foot and Dewcup.

In sixteenth century it was called Our Lady’s mantle.
This was later shortened to Lady’s mantle - the Lady in question being the Virgin Mary. People thought that the lobes of the leaves very similar to the scalloped edges of the mantle or cloak that the Virgin Mary wore.

The flowers appear from June to September as clusters of little yellow blooms and the soft grey blue-green, lobed leaves look like velvet.( Click here to find other yellow flowering English Garden perennials)

The best feature of this plant is that these leaves are covered in fine hairs. So after a heavy dew or rain, little drops of sparkling water hang on its leaves. They look like magic!

Indeed, in days of yore they were thought to have magical properties - being used in all sorts of spells and potions, especially love potions.

Lady's Mantle is a very easy English Garden perennial to grow.

Nicholas Culpepper in mid sixteenth century wrote that Lady’s mantle could be used to treat a wealth of ailments including sickness and bruises as well as reducing large breasts if outwardly applied! Though I don’t recommend that you try this today!

Plant some Lady’s mantle in your English Garden today and Enjoy

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