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Crimean Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla tyttantha

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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, 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
Gardens, meadows, riversides, wasteland, waterside, wetland.

Yellow, no petals
The flowers are tiny and have no petals.
A dry achene, small and insignificant.
A garden escape species with roundish, 9-lobed leaves. The stems and leaf stalks are covered in down-turned hairs. Scotland only.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Crimean lady's mantle is a perennial herb in the rose family. It is native to the Crimean peninsula and the surrounding regions of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is known for its large, lobed leaves and small, yellow-green flowers. The leaves are often used for medicinal purposes, and are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Some studies suggest that Crimean lady's mantle may have potential as a treatment for certain types of cancer, but more research is needed to confirm these findings. It is also used as an ornamental plant, due to its attractive foliage and flowers.


Crimean Lady's-mantle, or Alchemilla tyttantha, is a beautiful and unique plant that is native to the Crimean Peninsula in Eastern Europe. This perennial herb is a member of the Rosaceae family and is closely related to other well-known plants such as roses and strawberries.

The Crimean Lady's-mantle is a small, delicate plant that typically grows to a height of 20-40cm. It has bright green leaves that are covered in tiny, silky hairs, giving the plant a soft and velvety appearance. The leaves are palmate, meaning they are divided into several lobes that radiate out from a central point, giving the plant a distinctive and attractive appearance.

One of the most striking features of the Crimean Lady's-mantle is its flowers. The plant produces small, yellow-green flowers that are held on thin, wiry stems above the foliage. The flowers are arranged in loose, open clusters that create a delicate and airy effect.

The Crimean Lady's-mantle is a plant that is well-suited to a variety of growing conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade, but it can also tolerate full sun and a range of soil types. It is a hardy plant that can withstand cold temperatures and is often grown in rock gardens, border plantings, and as a groundcover.

In addition to its beauty, the Crimean Lady's-mantle has a number of interesting medicinal properties. The plant contains tannins and other compounds that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a range of ailments. These include digestive issues, menstrual cramps, and wound healing. The plant has also been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

While the Crimean Lady's-mantle is not as well-known as other plants in the Rosaceae family, it is a fascinating and beautiful plant that is well worth exploring. Its delicate beauty and unique medicinal properties make it a valuable addition to any garden or herbal medicine cabinet.

In addition to its medicinal properties, the Crimean Lady's-mantle also has a rich history and cultural significance. The plant has been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine in Eastern Europe and Russia, where it is known as "zolotaya rosa" or "golden dew." The name "Lady's-mantle" is derived from the belief that the plant's leaves resemble the folds of a lady's cloak.

In folklore, the Crimean Lady's-mantle was believed to have magical properties and was often used in spells and rituals. It was thought to protect against evil spirits, bring good luck, and aid in divination. In some cultures, the plant was also associated with love and fertility and was used to help women conceive and give birth to healthy children.

Today, the Crimean Lady's-mantle continues to be valued for its beauty and medicinal properties. It is commonly used in herbal teas, tinctures, and salves to treat a range of ailments. The plant's tannins are thought to have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for treating skin irritations and digestive issues.

In the garden, the Crimean Lady's-mantle is a versatile and easy-to-grow plant that can add a touch of elegance to any landscape. It is often used as a border plant, groundcover, or in rock gardens where its delicate foliage and airy flowers can be appreciated up close.

The Crimean Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and beautiful plant that has a rich history and cultural significance. Its delicate beauty, unique medicinal properties, and easy-to-grow nature make it a valuable addition to any garden or herbal medicine cabinet. Whether you are interested in its folklore, medicinal uses, or simply its aesthetic appeal, the Crimean Lady's-mantle is a plant that is sure to captivate and inspire.

One of the unique features of the Crimean Lady's-mantle is its ability to collect and hold water droplets on its leaves. This phenomenon, known as guttation, is caused by pressure in the plant's xylem, which forces water out through small pores on the edges of the leaves. The water droplets can be seen in the early morning or after a rain, creating a beautiful and mesmerizing effect.

Another interesting aspect of the Crimean Lady's-mantle is its ability to hybridize with other species of Alchemilla. This has led to the development of many new cultivars with unique characteristics, such as larger flowers or different leaf shapes. These hybrids are often used in gardens and landscaping to add variety and interest.

Finally, it is worth noting that the Crimean Lady's-mantle is a plant that is facing some conservation challenges. Due to its small range and limited distribution, the plant is considered rare and is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Habitat loss, overgrazing, and climate change are all threats to the species, making it important to protect and conserve this unique and valuable plant.

In summary, the Crimean Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and beautiful plant with a rich history, cultural significance, and unique characteristics. Its delicate foliage, airy flowers, and ability to collect water droplets make it a captivating addition to any garden or landscape. However, it is important to remember that this plant is facing conservation challenges and needs our protection and conservation efforts to ensure its survival for generations to come.