Alchemilla alpina L.
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Alchemilla alpina, commonly known as Alpine lady's mantle, is a perennial.
Alchemilla alpina is a species in the genus Alchemilla which contains approximately 61 to 424 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family). The type species of the genus is Alchemilla vulgaris.
The comparatively long-lived perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 8 to 12 centimetres.
Alchemilla alpina is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are reniform with sinuate margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Alchemilla alpina produces light-green cruciform flowers from June to August.
The perennials produce nutlets.
Alchemilla alpina is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of the eastern Central Europe and the Balkan Peninsula.
The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil with a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -40Â°C (USDA zone 3).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
The recommended planting distance is 20 to 30 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.
Propagate by sowing or by division.
Pests and Diseases
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- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.