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Silver Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla conjuncta

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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, Pale Lady's-mantle, 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, 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:
20 centimetres tall
Grassland, meadows, riversides, roadsides, waterside, wetland.

Yellow, no petals
Clusters of tiny greenish-yellow flowers. Petals are absent.
The fruit is an achene. An achene is a type of dry, one-seeded fruit.
A clump-forming perennial plant with bluish-green, deeply lobed leaves. The leaves are silvery beneath. The leaf lobes are joined at the base. Normally but not always seen as a garden escape (UK).
The flowers are scented.
Frequency (UK):

Similar Species

Other Information


Alchemilla conjuncta is a species of lady's mantle, a perennial herb in the rose family. It is native to Europe and Asia and is known for its large, lobed leaves and small, yellow-green flowers. Lady's mantle has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and is said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. Some studies have also suggested that it may have potential as a treatment for certain types of cancer. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.


Silver Lady's-mantle, or Alchemilla conjuncta, is a charming perennial plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is a close relative of the more common Lady's-mantle, but it is distinguished by its silvery-green foliage and yellow-green flowers. This plant is native to the mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and North America and is popularly grown for its ornamental value.


The Silver Lady's-mantle has a low-growing habit and forms dense, compact mounds that are about 6-8 inches tall and 12-15 inches wide. The leaves are the most striking feature of the plant, being a pale silvery-green color that shimmers in the light. The leaves are deeply lobed and fan-shaped, with each lobe being rounded and slightly scalloped. The foliage is hairy, which gives the plant a soft, velvety texture.

The Silver Lady's-mantle blooms in the late spring and early summer, producing small, yellow-green flowers that are held in clusters at the end of the stems. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they do add a delicate charm to the plant. The flowers are followed by tiny, inconspicuous fruits that resemble small green beads.

Growing Conditions

Silver Lady's-mantle is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to grow. It prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter and slightly acidic. It also prefers partial shade or dappled sunlight, although it can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. The plant is tolerant of drought and can handle some moisture, but it does not do well in waterlogged soil.


Silver Lady's-mantle can be propagated from seed or by dividing the plant in the spring or fall. Seeds should be sown in the fall or early spring, and the plants will germinate within two to four weeks. Division is best done in the spring or fall, and the new plants should be planted in well-drained soil.


Silver Lady's-mantle is primarily grown as an ornamental plant and is well-suited for use in rock gardens, borders, and as a groundcover. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, menstrual disorders, and inflammation. The leaves are rich in tannins, which give them astringent properties that help to reduce swelling and irritation.

Silver Lady's-mantle is a charming and easy-to-grow perennial plant that is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any garden. Its silvery-green foliage and delicate yellow-green flowers make it an attractive addition to rock gardens, borders, and other landscaping features. The plant is also valued for its medicinal properties and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Whether grown for its beauty or its medicinal value, Silver Lady's-mantle is a worthwhile addition to any garden.

Additional Information

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, Silver Lady's-mantle is also known to have some ecological benefits. The plant is considered to be a valuable source of nectar for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths. The plant's hairy foliage also provides a habitat for small insects and other invertebrates.

Silver Lady's-mantle can be used in combination with other plants to create beautiful and natural-looking garden designs. It pairs well with other low-growing plants such as sedums, thymes, and creeping phlox. Its silvery foliage also provides a striking contrast when paired with darker-leaved plants such as heucheras or black mondo grass.

One of the advantages of Silver Lady's-mantle is that it is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It requires minimal pruning and deadheading, and can be left to grow naturally. However, if the plant begins to look leggy or overgrown, it can be pruned back in the spring to encourage fresh growth.

In terms of pests and diseases, Silver Lady's-mantle is generally considered to be resistant to most common problems. However, it can be susceptible to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew if grown in humid conditions. To avoid this, it is best to plant the Silver Lady's-mantle in a location with good air circulation and to avoid overhead watering.

Another interesting feature of Silver Lady's-mantle is its historical and cultural significance. The plant has a long history of use in folklore and traditional medicine, dating back to ancient times. In medieval Europe, it was believed that the plant had magical properties and was associated with the alchemists, who used it in their search for the philosopher's stone.

In traditional medicine, Silver Lady's-mantle has been used for a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, menstrual disorders, and inflammation. The plant is rich in tannins, which give it astringent properties that can help to reduce swelling and irritation. The leaves can be made into a tea or infusion and used to treat a variety of conditions.

In modern times, Silver Lady's-mantle has been the subject of scientific research for its potential health benefits. Studies have shown that the plant contains compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, which could have potential applications in medicine and health.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Silver Lady's-mantle is also used in aromatherapy and perfumery. The plant's essential oil has a fresh, green scent that is said to be calming and uplifting. The oil is used in a variety of personal care and beauty products, including soaps, lotions, and perfumes.

In conclusion, Silver Lady's-mantle is a fascinating plant with a rich history and cultural significance. Its ornamental, medicinal, and aromatic properties make it a valuable addition to any garden or herbal medicine cabinet. With its hardiness, versatility, and beauty, it is sure to continue to capture the imagination of gardeners and plant enthusiasts for generations to come.

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