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Southern Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla filicaulis

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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, 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, 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
Grassland, heathland, meadows, mountains, riversides, rocky places, waterside, wetland.

Green, no petals
Small greenish-yellow flowers with 4 fused sepals. Flowers appear in clusters.
The fruit is an achene. It is rather small and insignificant.
A perennial plant with roundish, 9-lobed leaves. The leaf-teeth are sharply pointed and curve inwards.
Other Names:
Filigree Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Alchemilla filicaulis, also known as lady's-mantle or filigree lady's-mantle, is a perennial herb in the rose family native to Europe and Asia. It is known for its delicate, fern-like 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 Alchemilla filicaulis may have potential as a treatment for certain types of cancer, but more research is needed to confirm these findings. The plant is also used as an ornamental plant, due to its attractive foliage and flowers, it's also drought tolerant and can thrive in most soil types.


Southern Lady's-mantle, also known as Alchemilla filicaulis, is a plant species native to southern Europe, including the Mediterranean region. This herbaceous perennial is a member of the Rosaceae family, and it has been used for medicinal and ornamental purposes for centuries.

Appearance and Characteristics

Southern Lady's-mantle is a compact, clump-forming plant that typically reaches a height of 8-12 inches and a spread of 12-18 inches. The plant's leaves are deeply lobed and serrated, with a light green color that can vary depending on the lighting conditions. The leaves are covered in fine hairs, which give them a soft, velvety texture. The plant's flowers appear in clusters on tall stems above the foliage, and they are small and inconspicuous, with a greenish-yellow color.


Southern Lady's-mantle is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in most soil types. It prefers well-draining soil and partial to full sun, but it can also tolerate some shade. The plant is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering, but it benefits from occasional fertilization. Southern Lady's-mantle can be propagated by division or from seed, and it can be grown as a ground cover, edging plant, or in containers.


Southern Lady's-mantle has both medicinal and ornamental uses. The plant's leaves contain tannins and flavonoids, which have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. They have been used in traditional medicine to treat a range of conditions, including digestive issues, skin problems, and menstrual cramps. In addition to its medicinal properties, Southern Lady's-mantle is also a popular ornamental plant. Its delicate foliage and compact habit make it a favorite among gardeners and landscapers, and it is often used in rock gardens, borders, and containers. The plant's leaves are also prized for their decorative value, and they are commonly used in floral arrangements and wreaths.

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Southern Lady's-mantle has a rich history of use in traditional medicine. The plant has been used for centuries in Europe as a natural remedy for various health conditions. In medieval times, the leaves of Southern Lady's-mantle were used to treat wounds and stop bleeding, due to their astringent properties. The plant was also used as a diuretic, to treat digestive issues, and to relieve menstrual cramps.

Today, Southern Lady's-mantle is still used in natural medicine as a remedy for various health issues. Its leaves are often used to make teas, tinctures, and poultices, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Some people also use Southern Lady's-mantle to treat skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Southern Lady's-mantle has also been used in cosmetics and skincare products. The plant's leaves contain high levels of antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Extracts from Southern Lady's-mantle are often used in creams, serums, and lotions to help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Southern Lady's-mantle is also an important plant for wildlife. The plant's leaves provide food for a variety of insect species, including bees and butterflies, which are important pollinators. The plant's flowers also provide a valuable source of nectar for these insects, helping to support local ecosystems.

Southern Lady's-mantle is also known for its historical and cultural significance. In medieval times, the plant was associated with alchemy, and it was believed to have magical properties. The plant's name, Alchemilla, comes from the Latin word for alchemy, reflecting its connection to this mystical art. The plant was also associated with the Virgin Mary, and it was sometimes referred to as "Lady's-mantle," reflecting its use in religious and spiritual contexts.

In addition to its historical and cultural significance, Southern Lady's-mantle has also been used in culinary traditions. The plant's leaves have a slightly bitter flavor and are sometimes used as a garnish in salads and other dishes. In some parts of Europe, the plant is also used to make a traditional liqueur known as "Alchermes," which is made by steeping the plant's leaves in alcohol and adding spices and other ingredients.

Overall, Southern Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and versatile plant with many uses and benefits. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its ornamental value, its historical significance, or its culinary potential, this plant is sure to offer something of interest. So if you're looking for a unique and rewarding addition to your garden or landscape, consider adding Southern Lady's-mantle to your list of options.

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