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Clustered Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla glomerulans

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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, 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, mountains, rocky places.

Green, no petals
Small clusters of tiny greenish-yellow flowers.
The fruits are small and not noteworthy.
Roundish leaves with 7 to 11 lobes. The leaf stalks, stems and leaves all have slightly appressed hairs. The leaf margins are toothed. The teeth are slightly curved inwards. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):

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Alchemilla glomerulans, also known as clustered lady's-mantle, is a perennial herb in the rose family. It is native to the mountains of Europe and Asia. It is known for its large, lobed leaves and small, yellow-green flowers that grow in clusters. 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 glomerulans 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 is also known for its ability to grow in rocky and dry conditions and also for its drought tolerance.


Clustered Lady's-mantle, scientifically known as Alchemilla glomerulans, is a beautiful and unique plant species that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This perennial plant is native to the alpine regions of Europe and Asia, where it grows in moist and rocky areas.

The Clustered Lady's-mantle has distinct features that make it stand out among other plants. The leaves are deeply lobed and form a rosette at the base of the plant. They are also covered with small hairs that give them a silvery-green appearance. The leaves are also known for their ability to hold water droplets, which makes them sparkle in the sunlight.

The Clustered Lady's-mantle produces small yellow-green flowers that bloom in clusters on long stalks from June to August. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they are a valuable source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.

One of the most fascinating things about the Clustered Lady's-mantle is its traditional use in herbal medicine. The plant has been used for centuries as a treatment for a variety of ailments, including digestive disorders, menstrual problems, and wound healing. Today, it is still used in some herbal remedies, although its effectiveness has not been scientifically proven.

In addition to its medicinal uses, the Clustered Lady's-mantle is also a popular ornamental plant. Its unique appearance and low maintenance make it a great addition to rock gardens and borders. It also looks great when planted in groups, where the silvery-green leaves and clusters of flowers create a beautiful and eye-catching display.

The Clustered Lady's-mantle is relatively easy to grow and care for. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade, although it can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. It is also a hardy plant that can withstand cold temperatures and even frost.

Clustered Lady's-mantle is a herbaceous perennial that can reach up to 30cm in height and 45cm in spread. It is a clump-forming plant that spreads slowly by rhizomes, forming a dense mat of foliage. The leaves are usually around 5-10cm in diameter and have deeply cut lobes that give them a decorative appearance.

One of the most interesting features of the Clustered Lady's-mantle is its ability to repel water. The small hairs that cover the leaves create a hydrophobic surface that causes water droplets to bead up and roll off the plant. This unique feature has earned the plant the nickname "lady's mantle," as the water droplets resemble tiny pearls or jewels on the leaves.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, the Clustered Lady's-mantle also has ecological importance. The plant provides a valuable habitat for a variety of insects, including bees, hoverflies, and butterflies. These insects are attracted to the plant's nectar-rich flowers and use the leaves as a shelter and nesting site.

Clustered Lady's-mantle is also an important food source for several species of moths, including the Alchemilla moth (Eriocrania subpurpurella). This moth lays its eggs on the leaves of the Clustered Lady's-mantle, and the larvae feed on the plant's foliage.

The Clustered Lady's-mantle has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It was believed to have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties and was used to treat a variety of ailments, including diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual cramps, and wounds. It was also used as a diuretic and to help stop bleeding.

While the medicinal properties of the Clustered Lady's-mantle have not been scientifically proven, modern research has found that the plant does contain several compounds that may have health benefits. For example, the plant contains tannins, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It also contains flavonoids, which have been associated with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

In addition to its medicinal properties, the Clustered Lady's-mantle has also been used in folklore and mythology. In medieval times, the plant was believed to have magical powers and was associated with the goddess Venus. It was said that the plant could protect against evil spirits and was often used in spells and charms.

Today, the Clustered Lady's-mantle continues to be a popular plant for both ornamental and medicinal purposes. It is widely available at nurseries and garden centers and can be grown in a variety of settings, from rock gardens to woodland borders. Whether you're interested in its traditional uses, its ecological benefits, or simply its unique beauty, the Clustered Lady's-mantle is a plant that is sure to captivate and enchant.

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