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Alpine Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla alpina

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, 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, 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:
30 centimetres tall
Cliffs, grassland, meadows, moorland, mountains, riverbanks, rocky places.

Yellow, no petals
Tiny petalless flowers clustered together loosely with 4 yellowish-green sepals and yellow anthers.
A small achene (type of one-seeded dry fruit that doesn't split open to release its fruit).
The divided leaves have between 5 and 7 leaflets. The leaflets are narrow and well-separated. Their margins have distinctive silvery-white borders. The tips of the leaflets are toothed.
Other Names:
Mountain Lady's-mantle.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Alchemilla alpina, commonly known as alpine lady's mantle, is a perennial herb native to alpine regions of Europe, Asia and North America. It is a low-growing plant that typically reaches a height of 20-30 cm (8-12 inches) and spreads through its creeping rhizomes. The leaves are basal, lobed, and have a scalloped margin, typically reaching 2-5 cm (0.8-2 inches) long. The flowers are small, yellow-green, and arranged in large clusters on tall stems, typically blooming from June to August. It is similar in appearance to Alchemilla vulgaris, but it is smaller and more compact. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and acidic soils in full sun to partial shade. It is commonly found in rocky alpine meadows, mountain slopes and tundra. This plant is hardy to USDA zones 3-8.


Alpine Lady's-mantle, also known as Alchemilla alpina, is a small herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the family Rosaceae. This plant is native to the high mountains of Europe, Asia, and North America, and is commonly found in rocky and alpine meadow habitats.

Alpine Lady's-mantle is a low-growing plant, with a maximum height of about 30 cm. It has rounded, lobed leaves that are covered in fine hairs, giving them a velvety texture. The leaves are a distinctive feature of this plant, as they are shaped like a fan or an open hand, with a shallow indentation in the center. The leaves also have a waxy coating that helps them retain moisture, which is an adaptation to the harsh alpine environment in which they grow.

The flowers of Alpine Lady's-mantle are small and green, and are arranged in loose clusters at the end of the stems. The flowering period for this plant is typically from May to August, and the flowers are pollinated by insects such as bees and flies.

One of the interesting features of Alpine Lady's-mantle is its use in traditional herbal medicine. The plant has been used for centuries to treat a range of ailments, including digestive problems, wounds, and skin irritations. The leaves of the plant contain tannins and other compounds that have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which may explain its medicinal effects.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Alpine Lady's-mantle is also valued as an ornamental plant. It is often used in rock gardens, alpine gardens, and as a groundcover. The plant is easy to grow and requires little maintenance, making it a popular choice for gardeners.

Alpine Lady's-mantle is an important plant in the alpine ecosystem, as it provides food and habitat for a range of insects and other small animals. It is also an indicator of the health of alpine meadows, as its presence indicates a healthy ecosystem.

Alpine Lady's-mantle has several interesting ecological adaptations that enable it to survive in harsh mountain environments. One such adaptation is its ability to collect and retain water on its leaves, which allows it to survive in areas with low rainfall and high evaporation rates. The waxy coating on its leaves also helps protect the plant from wind, cold temperatures, and excessive sunlight.

Another interesting adaptation of Alpine Lady's-mantle is its ability to reproduce both sexually and asexually. The plant produces both seeds and stolons, which are above-ground stems that can produce new plants. This enables the plant to quickly colonize new areas and form dense patches of vegetation, which can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion in mountain environments.

Alpine Lady's-mantle is also an important source of food for herbivores such as deer, mountain goats, and small mammals. The plant contains high levels of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C, which make it a valuable food source for animals that live in alpine environments where food can be scarce.

Unfortunately, like many other alpine plant species, Alpine Lady's-mantle is under threat from climate change. As temperatures rise and weather patterns change, the plant's habitat may become less suitable for its survival. Additionally, the plant is susceptible to damage from human activities such as grazing, trampling, and development.

Conservation efforts are needed to protect Alpine Lady's-mantle and other alpine plant species from these threats. This may include measures such as reducing human impacts on alpine environments, increasing the use of sustainable land management practices, and implementing climate change mitigation strategies.

Alpine Lady's-mantle is also an important plant for scientific research. Its leaves contain a high concentration of phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds have potential applications in medicine, particularly in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The plant is also used in ecological research to study the effects of climate change on alpine ecosystems. Researchers are studying how changes in temperature and precipitation affect the growth and reproduction of Alpine Lady's-mantle and other alpine plant species, as well as their interactions with other organisms in the ecosystem.

In addition, Alpine Lady's-mantle is used in traditional folklore and mythology. In some cultures, the plant was believed to have magical properties and was used in spells and rituals for healing and protection. In medieval Europe, the plant was associated with the Virgin Mary and was used in herbal remedies for women's health issues.

Alpine Lady's-mantle is also a symbol of resilience and adaptability. Despite living in some of the harshest environments on earth, the plant has adapted and evolved to survive and thrive. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of challenges and adversity, life can find a way.

In conclusion, Alpine Lady's-mantle is a remarkable plant with a range of ecological, medicinal, and cultural uses. Its unique adaptations and properties make it a valuable resource for scientific research, conservation efforts, and cultural traditions.


Alpine Lady's-mantle filmed on Hutton Roof in Cumbria on the 28th May 2023 and the 9th July 2023.


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Clenched Teeth - The Descent by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

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