Alchemilla alpina

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Alchemilla alpina L.

Rosaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   3

Moisture: moist

Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: clay - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay - Soil: peat

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: reniform

Division: simple

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales

Alchemilla alpina, commonly known as Alpine lady's mantle, is a perennial.

Naming

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Alchemilla alpina - habitus
Alchemilla alpina - inflorescence

Growth

The comparatively long-lived perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 8 to 12 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Alchemilla alpina is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of the eastern Central Europe and the Balkan Peninsula.

Cultivation

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 -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

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Uses

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.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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