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Lady's Mantle
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Alchemilla vulgaris

lady's mantle

plant overview
her lady’s herb

Common ladies mantle is a member of the rose family distributed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and elsewhere in cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as Bear’s Foot, and Pied-de-lion, the scientific name and reputation of this clumping perennial is based on the pleated leaves resemblance to the mantle, or cloak, worn by a lady of the Renaissance. The plant was of great interest to the medieval because its cup-like leaves capture the morning dew, which was thought to possess magical properties. Like other members of the rose family, the ladies mantle leaf and root contain tannins and salicylic acid and are used to produce teas, infusions and tonics.

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Lady's mantle
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on lady's mantle

description
Alchemilla is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the Rosaceae family, with the common name "lady's mantle" applied. Most species of Alchemilla are clump-forming or mounded, perennials with basal leaves arising from woody rhizomes. Some species have leaves with lobes that radiate from a common point and others have divided leaves—both are typically fan-shaped with small teeth at the tips. The long-stalked, gray-green to green leaves are often covered with soft hairs, and show a high degree of water-resistance. Green to bright chartreuse flowers are small, have no petals and appear in clusters above the foliage in late spring and summer.

common names & nomenclature
The common name nine hooks refers to the 7-9 leaf lobes that have toothed margins.

Like so many other plants in the Middle Ages, this plant had been associated with the Virgin Mary—hence the name Lady's Mantle. The lobes of the plant's leaves are supposed to resemble the scalloped edges of a mantle.

Also known as:
nine hooks, lion’s foot, bear’s foot, stellaria, leontopodium, dewcup, yarrow, field hop, common lady's mantle


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for lady's mantle

There are about 300 species of Alchemilla, the majority native to cool temperate and subarctic regions of Europe and Asia, with a few species native to the mountains of Africa and the Americas.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting lady's mantle

climate
Lady's mantle grows in moist, hilly pastures and by streams in full sun or partial shade. It is often grown in garden beds where its can be an ornamental perennial. After a rainfall water beads attractively on its light green leaves.

soil
Lady’s Mantle likes deeply dug poor, slightly acidic soil.

growing
Lady’s Mantle grows easily by seed or root division. The seeds are slow to germinate and will easily self sew. The root should be divided at the crown in the spring or fall.

harvesting
Harvest the root of Lady’s Mantle in the early spring or late fall after two years. Collect the leaves and flowering shoots between June and August when the plant is in bloom. Dry the plant parts for later use.

preserving
Store dried Lady’s Mantle in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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