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Pale Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla xanthochlora

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Meadows, mountains, riversides, waterside, woodland.

Yellow, no petals
Tiny yellow-green flowers, clustered together. 4 sepals. 4 stamens. Flowers measure up to 4mm across.
Small and insignificant (a dry achene).
Our only common species of Lady's-mantle with hairless upper leaf surfaces. The leaves are quite large and have straight-pointing sharp teeth. Perennial.
Other Names:
Common Lady's-mantle, Intermediate Lady's-mantle, Yellow-green Lady's-mantle.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Alchemilla xanthochlora, commonly known as yellow-green lady's mantle, is a perennial herb native to Europe and Asia. It is a low-growing plant that typically reaches a height of 20-40 cm (8-16 inches) and spreads through its creeping rhizomes. The flowers are small, yellow-green, and arranged in large clusters on tall stems, typically blooming from June to September. The flowers are smaller and less numerous than Alchemilla vulgaris. It prefers moist, well-drained soils in partial shade, but it can tolerate a wide range of soil and light conditions. It is commonly found in woodlands, meadows, and along streams.


Pale Lady's-mantle, also known as Alchemilla xanthochlora, is a beautiful and delicate perennial plant that belongs to the rose family, Rosaceae. This herbaceous plant is native to Europe, and it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Its scientific name "Alchemilla" means "little alchemist" in Latin, referring to the droplets of water that collect on its leaves, which were once believed to have magical powers.

Pale Lady's-mantle is a low-growing plant that typically grows to a height of 30-40 cm. It has hairy, rounded, lobed leaves that form a rosette at the base of the stem. The leaves are light green and have a soft, velvety texture. The plant produces small, yellow-green flowers in early summer, which are held in clusters above the foliage. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

One of the most striking features of Pale Lady's-mantle is its leaves. The leaves are covered in tiny, hair-like structures that give them a soft and fuzzy appearance. These hairs also help the leaves collect water droplets, which can be seen glistening on the surface of the leaves on dewy mornings. This characteristic has made the plant a favorite of gardeners and flower arrangers, who use the leaves to add texture and interest to floral arrangements.

In addition to its ornamental value, Pale Lady's-mantle also has some medicinal properties. The leaves contain tannins and other compounds that have astringent and anti-inflammatory effects. These properties have been traditionally used to treat wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, and menstrual problems. However, it is important to note that these uses have not been scientifically proven, and you should always consult a healthcare professional before using any plant-based remedies.

Pale Lady's-mantle is an easy plant to grow, and it thrives in well-drained soil in full or partial shade. It is a great addition to a woodland garden or a mixed border, where its soft, textured leaves can add interest and contrast to other plants. It can also be grown in pots or containers, where it can be enjoyed up close on a patio or balcony.

Pale Lady's-mantle is a hybrid of two other Alchemilla species: Alchemilla filicaulis and Alchemilla alpina. It was first described in the early 20th century by the British botanist William Bateson, who was known for his pioneering work in the field of genetics.

One of the reasons why Pale Lady's-mantle is so popular among gardeners is its versatility. It can be used in a wide range of planting schemes, from naturalistic cottage gardens to modern minimalist designs. It also combines well with other shade-loving perennials, such as hostas, ferns, and astilbes.

Another interesting feature of Pale Lady's-mantle is its ecological role. The plant is known to support a diverse range of insect species, including bees, flies, and beetles. The hairy leaves provide a safe and sheltered habitat for many small insects, while the flowers offer a source of nectar and pollen for pollinators.

Finally, it is worth noting that Pale Lady's-mantle is not the only species of Alchemilla that is grown for its ornamental value. There are over 300 species of Alchemilla, many of which are cultivated for their attractive foliage and delicate flowers. Some of the other popular species include Alchemilla mollis, Alchemilla erythropoda, and Alchemilla alpina.

Pale Lady's-mantle is also known for its cultural and historical significance. In medieval times, the plant was believed to have mystical powers and was used by alchemists and herbalists in their work. According to legend, the dewdrops that collect on the leaves of Pale Lady's-mantle were thought to contain magical properties that could cure diseases and bring good luck.

The plant was also widely used in traditional medicine in Europe and Asia. In Germany, for example, a tea made from the leaves of Alchemilla species was used to treat diarrhea, menstrual problems, and inflammation. In China, a related species, Alchemilla vulgaris, was used to treat digestive disorders, fevers, and infections.

Today, Pale Lady's-mantle and other Alchemilla species are still used in herbal medicine and aromatherapy. The plant is believed to have astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that can help to soothe and heal the skin. The essential oil of Alchemilla species is also used in perfumes and cosmetics for its delicate and fresh fragrance.

In addition to its medicinal and cultural significance, Pale Lady's-mantle also has a role to play in conservation. The plant is native to Europe and is found in a range of habitats, from woodlands to meadows. However, like many other wildflowers, it is threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. By cultivating Pale Lady's-mantle and other Alchemilla species in gardens and parks, we can help to conserve these beautiful and important plants for future generations.

In conclusion, Pale Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and versatile plant that has played an important role in human history and culture. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its ornamental value, or its ecological significance, this plant has much to offer.