Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) al-kem-ILL-ah
Alchemilla mollis, or Lady’s Mantle, is part of a genus of about 30 plant species, mostly natives of the mountains of Europe, Asia and North America. The leaves are kidney shaped and flowers are frothy clusters of greenish yellow that appear in early summer. The long-lasting blooms are a soft, sensuous shade that blends remarkably well with a range of colors. Lovely with hardy Geraniums, Japanese Iris of every hue, Nepetas, and any summer-blooming Azaleas. It also looks sensational massed on its own, creating an effect that can be sunny or demure depending on the light and surroundings.
Alchemilla mollis generally prefers partial shade, but will grow happily in full sun in the North provided the soil remains evenly moist.