Alchemilla vulgaris

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Alchemilla vulgaris L.

Rosaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moist

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

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: reniform

Division: simple

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

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

Alchemilla vulgaris is a perennial.

Naming

Alchemilla vulgaris was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Alchemilla vulgaris is the type species of the genus Alchemilla which contains approximately 61 to 424 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 45 to 50 centimetres.

Leaves

Alchemilla vulgaris is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are reniform with sinuate margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Alchemilla vulgaris produces panicles of light-green cruciform flowers from May to August.

The perennials produce nutlets.

Root System

Distribution

Alchemilla vulgaris is native to the whole of Europe and is naturalized in North America.

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 or loamy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 40 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 5 to more than 15.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.


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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