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Plant of the Week: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is native to the mountainous parts of Eastern Europe, and has been a popular garden plant for centuries. Its soft, light-green leaves resemble little cloaks—explaining the “mantle” part of the common name—and sprays of tiny, chartreuse flowers blossom through most of the month of June.better-close-up

The foliage is covered in fine, water-repelling hairs, which cause moisture from rain or dew to coalesce into beautiful, silvery droplets. One benefit of our recent damp weather is that it has ensured that this phenomenon has occurred on an almost daily basis.leaves

Look for lady’s mantle, and its glistening globes of moisture, around the garden, particularly in the Flower Garden, the Wild Garden and the Kerlin Overlook—as shown in the right foreground in this last shot, taken at the Kerlin Overlook on a recent cloudy morning.setting

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