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Alchemilla

 

(lady’s-mantle), a genus of plants of the family Rosaceae. They are perennial and, rarely, annual herbs that are generally short with woody rootstocks. The leaves are rounded, palmately lobed, and wrinkled; the basal leaves are in rosettes. The small, bisexual flowers are green or yellowish and gathered in glomerulate compound cymose-paniculate inflorescences. The sepals are arranged in two circles, and there are no petals. Apomixis is characteristic of many species of lady’s-mantle. There are approximately 300 species, distributed predominantly in Europe; they are also encountered in Asia, Africa, and America. More than 200 species are found in the USSR, mainly in the forest zone and in the forest, subalpine, and alpine mountain zones. They also grow in meadows, shrubbery, glades, and light forests, as well as along brooks and streams, forest edges, and paths. The rootstock and leaves of lady’s-mantle contain dye substances.

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This is especially so when combined with woodland plants such as wood anemones, periwinkles, willow gentians, hostas and alchemillas.
Wild geraniums, heucheras, alchemillas and many herbs such as mint and thyme can all be easily lifted with a garden fork, sliced through with an old bread knife and half of it plunged back in the ground where it was.
Wild geraniums, heucheras, alchemillas, mint and thyme can all be easily lifted with a garden fork, sliced through with an old bread knife and half of it put back in the ground.