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Lady’s Mantle: A Versatile and Easy-to-Grow Perennial with Medicinal Uses

by Gregory
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Lady’s Mantle: A Versatile and Easy-to-Grow Perennial

Lady’s mantle, also known as Alchemilla mollis, is a popular and easy-to-grow hardy herbaceous perennial. It is a versatile plant that thrives in a wide range of soils and situations, making it a great choice for gardeners of all levels. Lady’s mantle also has a long history of medicinal uses, primarily for menstrual disorders and other female problems.

Medicinal Uses of Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s mantle has been used for centuries to treat menstrual and menopausal disorders, as well as inflammation. It is still prescribed by herbalists today. However, it is important to note that, as with all herbal medicines, you should only take lady’s mantle as advised by a qualified herbalist.

Growing Lady’s Mantle


Lady’s mantle can be planted at any time of year, but autumn or spring are ideal. If planting in groups, allow 30-45cm between plants. Water well after planting, especially if planting during the growing season.


Lady’s mantle is a low-maintenance plant that needs little care once established. Water regularly during dry spells, and fertilize lightly in spring. Cut back faded stems after flowering to prevent self-seeding. If the plant is looking straggly, cut stems to the ground to encourage fresh new growth. Once growth has died back in autumn, cut to ground level.


Lady’s mantle can be propagated by division in autumn or early spring. Dig up the clump and split into good-sized pieces, each with plenty of roots and shoot buds. Replant at the same depth as growing previously, into soil which has been improved with compost or soil conditioner.

Problem Solving

Lady’s mantle is generally pest- and disease-free. However, it can sometimes be affected by slugs and snails. To prevent this, keep the area around the plants clear of debris, and apply slug and snail bait if necessary.

Buying Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s mantle is widely available from nurseries, garden centres, and online suppliers. Plants are available in several sizes, from 9cm pots up to 2 litre pots. During the dormant season, purchase plants as bare rooted clumps.


Lady’s mantle is a beautiful and versatile plant that is easy to grow and care for. It is a great choice for gardeners of all levels, and its medicinal properties make it a valuable addition to any herbal medicine cabinet.

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