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

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

Lady's Mantle, the lady's herb
Lady's mantle: 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.

Lady's mantle: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting lady's mantle

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.

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

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.

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.

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